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Candle in the Window
"One night of rehearsal turned out that not one line of script was practiced. The kids were off that night and we adults just started talking about the story. The conversation ranged from who the characters represent, to the meaning of the broken angel, to why there is a 'George' in the story. There is much depth and subtleties, so even as late as the night before opening I heard, 'Oh, I just got that!' And the funny stuff...well, it's just plain funny! The children had a great time 'growing' with their characters and portrayed them beautifully. It was really a joy watching them, and being with them. For our opening on Thursday we had a very good crowd. From talk of that performance, the next three nights were sold out. For cast, crew, and audience it was a truly enchanting evening." -- T.W., Performing Arts Guild, Mt. Morris, IL
Guest | 10/30/2018 12:22 PM
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Candle in the Window
"I couldn't help but write to tell you how much we're enjoying producing 'A Candle in the Window'! The characters are wonderful - it's been so fun bringing them to life!! The play is humorous, poignant and heartwarming - the perfect combination for a Christmas production. Thank you!"  -- P.P. (Artistic Director)
Guest | 10/30/2018 12:22 PM
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Candle in the Window
"The word of mouth for this play was unbelievable. People would come back a second and third time bringing friends and family. Our group has been around since 1972, and since 1982 we produce 5 main stage shows a year. 'A Candle In The Window' made it into the Top Ten Box Office Hits of all time! The audience is already asking when we will produce this play again! Eldridge is my favorite publishing company to deal with. Over the past 25 years I have dealt with all of them, so trust me when I say that Eldridge is the most efficient company of them all. Excellent properties, quick response, wonderful resources to help us get the production up on its feet." -- Director, Starry Night Theatre Inc.
Guest | 10/30/2018 12:22 PM
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Story is deeper than originially expected
At first read, this seemed like a cute story of charming children visiting with stranded passengers.  But as we got into rehearsals and deeper issues of domestic violence, abortion, suicide, and children who died in a fire surfaced, we had to take it slowly to be sure we treated that respectfully.  We worried about what might trigger the audience, so we put hotline numbers for the social issues in the program.

At first, our kids didn't understand that they were "deceased" and we had to explain to them how they were angels on that particular evening.  We loved hearing the audience gasp at the reveal at the end.

Overall, the children loved doing the show, the parents were okay with the issues raised, and the audiences packed the house and enjoyed the telling of the story.  They all wanted to take George out behind the woodshed and gave him lots of boos at curtain call, which speaks to how good our actor was playing him.  We made light of it by me asking the audience to let him get to his car safely and everyone could see that the actor is really a good guy.

I highly recommend it for high schools and community theatres, but take the time to do the table work to make the story meaningful.
Eunice Players' Theatre - Eunice, LA | 1/1/2022 11:20 PM
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