"Star of Wonder: A New Christmas Musical" heads to Thanksgiving Point for its 5th magical year. This brilliant musical is set in England in 1919 and is made enirely of Christmas Carols.
WWI soldier, Jack, comes home for Christmas for the first time since the beginning of the war. The family's Christmas Festival is underway, but Jack doesn't want to be a part of it. Can the Spirit of Christmas help heal his heavy heart?Jeanette Isabella, The Three Kings, Good King Wenceslas, The Innkeeper, Angels We Have Heard, While Shepherds Watched... Each carol is a story, and each story brings our soldier closer to sharing his experience of the miraculous Christmas Eve Truce.
A new Christmas Musical called “Star of Wonder” opens this week at the West Valley Performing Arts Center and is destined to become a holiday tradition. After extensive workshops this summer with Broadway Playwright Jill Santoriello (“Tale of Two Cities”) and Broadway Associate Director Jeff Whiting (“The Producers,” “Young Frankenstein”), “Star of Wonder” is now ready for a limited Christmas engagement.Comprised almost entirely of Christmas Carols, “Star of Wonder’’ tells the story of a World War I soldier named Jack who returns home to Oxford in 1919. It is the night of the town’s newly revived Christmas festival after having been canceled for five years because of the war.Jack’s family always sang at the festival and as a child, Jack always participated. But this year...
Wow. Star Of Wonder was phenomenal! I mean, really, really phenomenal. The acting was so good and the music was so beautiful…I just can’t even put it into words. The way your entire cast was all-in with the message and how balanced everyone was. I sure hope you are able to do it again next year. I’m going to fly my parents in to see it. Well done. I seriously am at a loss of words at how inspired and moved I feel after experiencing Star of Wonder. - CB
I LOVED being there last night. The story telling and the way you weaved the past and present together was captivating. It was so impactful to me. I was regretting I hadn’t brought any tissues with me! Thank you for sharing your talents both with your music as well as your story telling last night. Thank you for your gift to all of us. - TW
I thought my experience of becoming emotional at last year’s play @starofwondermusical was just a standalone experience and that somehow it could be chalked up to being overly tired or something. Apparently not. That play is powerful. James Conlee, whoever you are, you are a mastermind to write a play that can evoke so much emotion. It is a must see. - AR