The Christmas Cup at YAT

The Christmas Cup at YAT


Young American Theater, a division of New American Theater, is presenting The Christmas Cup now through Dec. 22 as its holiday production.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 and 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15; also, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20, 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21 and 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 22. Admission for all shows is $8 regular admission, $6 student/senior and Main Stage subscribers.

In this play, you journey with Ann Megan McCallie, or Little M (as she prefers to be called), and see the world through a child’s eyes. Little M impulsively spends all of her hard-earned money for a worthless, battered, tin milkshake cup that she sees at an auction. Her grandmother helps her find the perfect use for the cup and teaches her to find beauty when it seems impossible. Learn with Little M the joy of giving this Christmas season.

Young American Theater (YAT) is a youth theater troupe consisting of high school students from all over the Rock River Valley. It was formed in 1976 as a response to Rockford school system budget cuts that eliminated extracurricular activities for a time. Eventually, school plays were added back to the budget, but response to YAT was so strong that it continued and has become even stronger. Working together with professional staff at NAT, YATers learn about theater first-hand through workshops and productions. Today, YAT is a 28-member strong organization. Over the years, YAT graduates have gone on to become lawyers, dental hygienists, teachers, and top professional writers, directors and actors.

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