Dream Theatre presents
a new twist on a holiday classic
heads up production
at Oldham Arts Center
Helen E. McKinney
CRESTWOOD, Ky. (December 2008) Greylyn Gregory
has had a passion for theatre since high school. It has prompted her
to write and direct many plays geared for children, her second passion
Gregory is credited with beginning
the first professional theatre
company in Oldham County.
A Holiday Celebration! will be presented by
the Oldham County Schools Arts Center and American Dream Theatre at
7:30 p.m. on Dec. 13. Featured will be a performance of American Dream
Theatres original musical, "Twas the Night Before Christmas."
Regional vocal artists will perform traditional holiday music and the
Arts Centers musical theatre students will showcase their talents.
Gregory has been teaching classes at the Arts Center for the past six
years. She is the resident Theatre Director for the Arts Centers
Musical Theatre Workshops and Musical Theatre Summer Camps. She has
had a long, varied career as a producer, director, actor, playwright
Gregory, 49, is responsible for beginning the first professional theatre
company in Oldham County, American Dream Theatre. She has been the Producing
Director since 2005 when the companys first production, Littlest
Angel, was performed for students and the public.
With more than 25 years of experience, Gregory has honed her skills
to write more than 25 childrens musicals, relying on original
concepts and adaptations of fairy tales and classics. Professional theatres
around the country have produced her childrens plays, including
venues in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa and Oregon.
Local credits include the Kentucky Center for the Arts, the Kentucky
Shakespeare Festival, Kentucky Contemporary Theatre and Actors Theatre
of Louisville. Derby Dinner Playhouse will produce four of her plays
in their 2007-2009 season.
About five or six years ago, I was working for Derby Dinner and
wanted to write a new holiday show, said Gregory. Her inspiration
came as she thought about the poem, Twas the Night Before Christmas.
I wondered what would happen if Santa showed up, got conked on
the head, had amnesia and thought he was five, she said. Drawing
upon the experiences of her own children, she decided to use a brother
and sister as the main characters. The boy, played by Prospect resident
Conner Lohman, has doubts of Santas existence while his sister
is the voice of faith and optimism.
Twas the Night Before Christmas is nothing like the Clement
Clark Moore story, said Donna Garrett, Resource Coordinator for
the Arts Center. But the original poem was really the catalyst
for all of the other ideas, said Gregory, who has been an Oldham
County resident for the past 13 years.
It is a story about faith, hope and love. My first production
of this show at Derby Dinner was very successful, she said. Gregorys
own eleven-year-old daughter, Mackenzie, plays the role of the sister.
This is the first time Gregory will be producing a three show season.
The American Dream Theatres lineup kicked off in October with
Charlottes Web, will perform Twas the Night Before Christmas
in December, and end with Jack and the Beanstalk in March 2009.
We are trying to appeal to the large population of schools and
families in Oldham County with fun filled shows that also have a message,
and simultaneously, provide young people with the opportunity to develop
their own skills and be in shows themselves, said Gregory.
Tickets for "A Holiday Celebration!" can be purchased for
$8 at the door or in advance by calling the Oldham County Schools Arts
Center at (502) 241-6018. The South Oldham Rotary will be selling baked
goods, cider and coffee, with proceeds benefiting a Student Scholarship
A matinee performance of "Twas the Night Before Christmas"
will be performed at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Arts Center. Ticket
price is $8.
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