Theater Review: Boys and Girls Club Theatre’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
By Edith McCauley Theater Critic
Based on Tim Burton’s film with music by Danny Elfman, The Nightmare Before Christmas has been adapted for the stage by Rockford College senior Elliot Welsh and brilliantly arranged by Keith Country Day School student and community actor Paul J. Steffan. Using the movie score, Steffan wrote the arrangements for the entire student orchestra and conducted like a true professional. After following Paul’s career for many years, my admiration for his work and talent increases with every performance.
The show ran only for three performances, and we attended the opening July 24. Playing to a packed house of friends and relatives, the young people could not have had a more enthusiastic audience.
The cast ranged in age from 5-year-olds to high school seniors. Jessica Benson played Jack Skellington, the Halloween character determined to make Christmas his personal holiday. Kara Sotakoun is Sally, and Kiwan Mitchell is Dr. Finklestein, her “mad scientist” boss.
It would take pages to list the names of the extensive cast; needless to say, they all had great fun. Welsh thanked the entire community for making the production possible. I’m sure next year’s project will be equally successful.
From the Aug. 5-11, 2009, issue
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