The Christmas Doll

November 23 - December 2, 2012

Book, Music & Lyrics by Joan Cushing

Adapted from the book by Elvira Woodruff

Directed by Jerry Stevenson
Choreography by Elizabeth Stepp
Music Direction by Paul Lindley II

The Christmas Doll

Set in 1840's London, Lucy and Glory Wolcott live at Grimstone union at the mercy of the cruel Matron Wick and Mistress Branch. Lucy invents stories about a family she barely remembers and a long lost doll named Morning Glory to humor her sister. When a deadly fever sweeps through the workhouse, the two sisters escape to the mean streets of London, where they encounter many colorful characters. Now they must learn to survive on their own. Finding an old, discarded doll by the river that Glory believes is her long lost doll, and teaming up with the beggar boy Nick Button, Morning Glory leads the three on a journey that will change their lives forever, for Morning Glory is no ordinary doll.

Written by Joan Cushing, who wrote CCT favorites "Miss Nelson is Missing" and "Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business", "A Christmas Doll" won the 2007 National Youth Theatre Award for Outstanding Play/Musical.

Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Teachers: click here for details about discounted weekday matinees.

Advance tickets are strongly encouraged.


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What critics are saying about
"The Christmas Doll"

"Woodruff spins a Dickensian saga, full of outlandish Londoners and narrative twists, both cruel and kind ... But beneath the dark, chilly gloom of The Christmas Doll ... beats a big, bright, beautiful heart ... Audiences will cherish this beautifully crafted "Doll." 
  – The Charlotte Observer


"The children in the audience ate it up ... the music and dance, the story, the sets, and especially the ending ... that Charles Dickens or Nora Ephron would be proud to claim."
  – Arts A La Mode


"A visually spellbinding production!"
  – National Youth Theater