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By Washington D.C. Visitors' Center Press Release
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'The Forgotten Carols' at the Washington, DC Temple Visitors' Center

WASHINGTON, DC -- You are invited to "The Forgotten Carols," the popular holiday stage production written by and starring Grammy-Award winner Michael McLean, will be performed at The Washington, DC Temple Visitors' Center of The Church of Jesus Christ nightly at 7:00 p.m. from Wednesday, January 2 through Sunday, January 6, 2002 (the traditional "Kings' Day" or final day of Christmastide). Joining Michael McLean will be award-winning soprano Katie Thompson and all of the rest of the full cast and crew of the show. All performances are free and open to the public.

Please arrive early as seating is limited to the capacity of the main and auxiliary theater(s) in the Visitors' Center. Tickets for each performance will be made available the same day as the show.

This holiday favorite celebrates its tenth anniversary and features new carols and new cast members. Their performance at the Visitors' Center represents their final set of performances for the 2001-2002 holiday season after having played to sold-out crowds throughout California, Arizona, New Mexico and the Intermountain West. Their Washington, DC performances represent their only shows East of the Mississippi River this year.

As a special part of their performances here in Washington, DC, the cast and crew of "The Forgotten Carols" will pay tribute to the specially-invited families of the victims of the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

"After performing 'The Forgotten Carols' for the past 10 years, I can finally say that this year's performance, with the story and new carols, is the show I've always hoped for," says Michael McLean. "We've made a few changes, will perform a new never-before-heard carol, and continue bringing to the stage a story reflecting the magic of Christmas."

A Christmas tradition for thousands of fans, "The Forgotten Carols" tells the story of a young nurse, named Constance, who sees the holidays as a meaningless distraction, yet comes to find the spirit of Christmas in a most extraordinary way. Her story unfolds as she learns from her patient, John, of Christmas stories forgotten over the centuries. It is these stories, and the forgotten carols through which they are illustrated, that stir Constance to finally find Christmas in her heart.

Michael McLean's musical stage show, while adding eight new carols to the world of beautiful Christmas music, delivers a message of spirituality that is perfectly in keeping with the season, yet has appeal to people of all ages, Christian denominations and nationalities--throughout the year.

Once again this season, Connie Lou will be portrayed by Katie Thompson. Katie's previous work includes the role of Sariah in the Michael McLean musical "The Ark" and on its accompanying soundtrack album. She is also the featured vocalist on "Safe Harbors", McLean's 20th album, released in October 1999 by Shadow Mountain.

We encourage all members of the Church to attend and to bring their friends, family and acquaintances.

For more information, please call The Visitors' Center at 301-587-0144.


"The Forgotten Carols" at the Washington, DC Temple Visitors, Jan. 2-6, 2002
Washington D.C. Visitors' Center Press Release 21Dec01 A2


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