‘Gloria, The Christmas Angel’ offered Dec. 6-7 at Monroe Arts Center

Online Staff Report

MONROE, Wis. — Two performances of the musical Gloria, The Christmas Angel will be presented at the Monroe Arts Center Gunderson Stiles Concert Hall, 1315 11th St., in Monroe, Wis., at 7:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Dec. 6-7.

This delightful show, which will lighten the hearts and spirits of adults and children alike, is directed by Judy Knudtson, with musical direction by Cindy Blanc, and choreography by Katherine Zastrow. The music was composed by Gary Brubaker and song lyrics written by Judy Knudtson.

Based on the children’s book by Scott A. Asalone, this enchanting musical is the story of Gloria, a “not-so-perfect” angel. Gloria feels unfit and forgotten, but deep down inside herself she finds the power to believe in herself when no one else does.

Because she can see beyond appearances, Gloria gives courage to all those she encounters and reminds everyone that the world is full of imperfect creatures.

Gloria, The Christmas Angel is a delightful story suited for the entire family to come and experience live theater,” said Knudtson. “It’s the first time on stage for many of these young performers, ages 5 to 18 years, and they have been working very hard to sing, dance and act their way into the hearts of the audience.”

Playing the role of Gloria is Monroe student Maddie Schluesche. Other supporting roles include Louie and Phyllis Studer (Grandpa, Grandma), Maddison Markham and Christina Grenzow (Granddaughters), Anika Nelson (Gabriella) and Cammi Ganshert as Raphaella. An additional 30 students will be playing Angels, Shepherds, Sugar Plum Dancers, Rainbow Dancers and Jazz Dancers.

Monroe Arts Center invites the community to ring in the holiday season and attend this free, heart-warming holiday presentation. Tickets are not required.

For information, contact Monroe Arts Center at (608) 325-5700 or online at www.monroeartscenter.com.

Posted Dec. 5, 2012

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