…three actors walk in with music stands… “Hi, we’re here to perform A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Where would you like us?” And over by the Christmas tree, in a corner of your living room, as the party gets into full swing, they act, speak and sing a 22 minute * version of the Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas’ classic, with carols, music, a whistle, and some of Dylan Thomas” most famous and best-beloved words.
This Boise – and environs – holiday tradition began with a handful of Idaho Shakespeare Festival actors, back in the 1980’s. Over the years it grew to a seasonal fixture at the Egyptian, the College of Idaho, and all points round the Treasure Valley. After a ten year hiatus, we are back, with two teams of actors, a fresh script, the same traditional music, and a company including two of the Interludes’ most seasoned performers…
Oh, and it costs a little less than it did, back in the nineties…
* or a 36 minute version
Stitch Marker (Welsh Poet, Scrooge, Stubby Pringle)
Stitch has been seen on every Idaho Shakespeare Festival stage since the patio of Angell’s Bar and Grill in 1977 (it was the Main Street Bistro back then.) He has toured Shakespeare, Beauty and the Beast, Lincoln’s Log – and many others – to almost every school in Idaho. He has been in the Christmas Interludes since the get-go in the mid-nineteen-eighties, and for him “Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas…” he says “…without Stubby Pringle’s Christmas, A Child’s Christmas in Wales or A Christmas Carol…. ”
Tiara Thompson (Welsh Lass, Lady, Cowhand)
Tiara recently played the leading role of Marianne, in Constellations, at Boise Contemporary Theater. Before that, she was to be seen being site-specific, riding around downtown Boise on a cool black cruiser wearing a bright yellow jacket in Super-Secret-Site-Specific-Something – also for Boise Contemporary Theater. This holiday season she is also singing and performing in the Alley Rep’s Disenchanted. Tiara graduated from Boise State, and she still spends much of her her time at BSU helping students figure out the complexities of modern life…
Rod Wolfe (Welsh Poet, Scrooge, Stubby Pringle)
Rod has been in the Christmas Interludes since the last century: 1998. He was a performing co-founder of Idaho Theater for Youth, way back in 1981, and he has been all round the state in Little Lulu, Mother Hicks, Appleseed John and many, many others. He has been seen on every Idaho Shakespeare Festival stage since the duck pond at the Plantation golf course, and he holds an Emmy award (1990) for his weekly TV program: MovieWatch. So… …”if you hear the Wolfe scratching at your door there’s no need to fret, he’s only here to perform for you.”
Ashley Dowden (Welsh Lass, Lady, Cowhand)
Ashley spent a recent summer in Ecuador, teaching theater to kids who live in the Amazon Jungle – and then making a play about the experience at the Instute Arte Teatral Internacional… …in New York… She spends her time teaching kids to simultaneously sing and dance at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival – and also at the Christine Donnell School of the Arts. She is a regular in Homegrown Theatre’s iconic annual Hallowe’en show: The Horrific Puppet Affair.
Peter John Still (Welsh Lad, Gentleman, Cowhand)
Peter wrote the music and, for years, performed in the adaptation of A Christmas Carol that’s been playing for two decades, now, in Portland, Maine. If you recall any of those Idaho Shakespeare Festival shows where folks were beating on marching bass-drums with Japanese drumsticks, Peter was responsible for that. More recently he designed the sound for A Greater Tuna, A Tuna Christmas, The Woman in Black, The 39 Steps, Noises Off, The Foreigner and Steel Magnolias. He is also the only Tony nominee (for sound design…) in our acting company and he is happy still to do the occasional show in New York… Back home, he specializes in teaching music in Idaho ghost towns, being generally helpful in the basement of Boise Contemporary Theater, and designing his own website (of which he is very proud ! )