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…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 half hour 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 some fresh scripts, the traditional music, and a company built around one of the Interludes’ most seasoned performers…

Oh, and it costs just a little less than it did, back in the nineties…

 

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.)  This year, he is appearing in The Storm in the Barn at Boise Contemporary Theater, in December, and 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…. ”

 

Kelly Lynae (Welsh Lass, Lady, Cowhand)

Kelly is a Boise-based singer-songwriter, performing throughout the Pacific Northwest… and you should just go right now listen to this Christmas song with Steve Fulton and Justin Ness…  The quirkiness, the bittersweet, the whimsy come from deep, deep inside: and from her ukulele and tenor guitar! These are her performances coming up… and this is the official bio.  Kelly’s poetry has twice been published in  CIRQUE.  And  her delightful  “It’s So Easy” won a 2015 Rockie Award for Elements of Advertising.

 

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 those.  More recently he designed the sound for The Hound of the BaskervillesA 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 in our acting company (for theatrical sound design…) and he is happy still to do the occasional show in  New York…and even London!!! Back home, he specializes in playing music in Idaho ghost towns, being generally helpful around Boise Contemporary Theater, and designing his own website (of which he is very proud ! )

 

Ashley Townend  (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 is a regular with Homegrown Theatre: and this December is performing in their iconic annual show:  The (6th Annual!) Horrific Puppet Affair; A Very Horrific Holiday Special.