A Child’s Christmas in Wales
University of Idaho Theatre Arts presents eight performances of the holiday musical “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” Dec. 1-10 at the Hartung Theater.
Based on Dylan Thomas’ poetic musings, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” is a reminder that that the holidays celebrate family, friends and childhood — and that goodness and peace are always possible.
Directed by guest artist Ricky J. Martinez, "A Child's Christmas in Wales" features more than 20 students from the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, including students from the Department of Theatre Arts and the Lionel Hampton School of Music.
Music director Jesse Hampsch, from Post Falls, received his master’s degree in choral conducting from U of I in May, 2017 and is now working on his master’s degree in music.
“We have been really digging into the music and working beyond the notes and rhythm to learn good, healthy vocal technique,” Hampsch said.
The music falls into four main genres: holiday carols, folk, hymns and parlor songs. “It’s very much music of the people,” Hampsch said. “The lyrics are very clever. The songs have to do with national identity (of Wales), or children.”
Playing the lead character of Dylan Thomas is Nathan Loomer, a senior BFA Theatre Arts candidate from Walla Walla, Washington. Loomer almost pursued a music major before he committed to acting. In “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” he sings and performs while portraying Thomas as a young and old man.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 7 and 9 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 2, 3 and 10 at the Hartung Theater, 625 Stadium Drive, Moscow. Admission is free for UI students, $10 for UI faculty/staff and seniors (55 and over), $15 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets are available at BookPeople of Moscow, Room 201 in Shoup Hall, by calling 208-885-6465 or at the door 60 minutes before curtain.
The Hartung doors open an hour before curtain and parking is free and convenient in the lots across from the Hartung Theater.
Theatre patrons are encouraged to purchase their tickets ahead to avoid lines.