‘A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol’: ENMU-R’s latest play ‘a fun, energetic, playful Christmas show for children and adults’
Humpty Dumpty, the Little Big Bad Wolf and Little Bo Peep prepare for their parts in the upcoming production of “A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol” at ENMU-Roswell. (Rey Berrones Photo)
It’s a fantasy take on a traditional tale, and as the holiday season draws near, what could be more appropriate than a story about Christmas suited for the entire family?
Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell will be doing a Christmas play: “A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol.”
This play is Charles Dickens’ famous “A Christmas Carol,” but with a twist. Scrooge has morphed into the Big Bad Wolf, and a nephew, workers and clients, who represent all other sorts of fairy tale creatures, from Rumpelstiltskin and Mother Goose, to Mary Contrary and Prince Charming, surround him.
In 10 words (or less), director Daniel Wolkow summarizes the play: “A fun, energetic, playful Christmas show for children and adults.”
Having directed eight other shows, people often use the line “Why so serious?” on him. His reputation is not of the light-hearted comical variety.
But with the influence of many people asking for a Christmas play mixed with the desire to put on a production his 6-year-old daughter could see, Wolkow thought, “Just once, I’m going to have some fun.”
The best part about this Christmas play is that it is funny for adults, but there isn’t a single line children can’t hear. It’s an all-appropriate production. In fact, there are many young kids actually performing in the play.
One such young actress is Wolkow’s daughter, who plays Humpty Dumpty.
“I’m OK with people watching me because I have lots of family,” Aliviah Wolkow said, clearly having no stage fright.
Along with Aliviah is her friend, 6-year-old Mylie Juarez, as Little Bo Peep, who said she got the part by trying out and practicing a lot.
According to her mom though, it wasn’t the learning of lines that was difficult for Juarez, it was the being quiet part.
Juarez’s mother, Melinda, is also in the play as Meriwhether. She figured if her daughter was going to be in the play she might as well try out for a small role as well. What she got was one of the main roles, but that makes it even more fun when she spends some time on stage with her daughter.
The entire play is full of laughs and cute “aww” scenes.
Mainly, the girls — presumably also speaking for the rest of the cast — want everyone to come out and enjoy themselves.
“Have a good time at the play, and break a leg!” Aliviah said as a message to all.
“A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol” will show Dec. 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children and seniors and $5 for ENMU-R students. The tickets can be purchased at the ENMU-R box office, by calling 624-7398 or online at showtix4u.com.
Check out the next issue of Vision Magazine for a complete preview.