'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