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‘The Christmas Schooner’ musical performed in December by The Drama Group

“The Christmas Schooner,” a musical about Christmas traditions and family, will be presented over two December weekends by The Drama Group of Chicago Heights.

The program, meant for an audience of all ages, tells the story of the first Christmas tree ship and the family that risked their lives to fill Chicago with the Christmas spirit. The true story is based on a book by John Reeger. Music and lyrics for this production were written by Julie Shannon.

The Christmas Schooner sailed from Michigan in the late 1800s and early 1900s despite the winter weather, so it could bring Christmas trees to homesick German Americans in Chicago. Although the voyages were a yearly tradition, the captain’s wife had her misgivings, until a fateful voyage made her realize the true importance of the mission.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, and again Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8, 9 and 10. The afternoon performances at 2 p.m. will be given Dec. 4 and 11. The Drama Group Theater is at 330 202nd St., Chicago Heights. The performance can also be livestreamed.

Cast members are Jennifer T. Grubb, Ken Hawkley, Abigail Urbanowski and Kayla Urbanowski of Homewood, and Ellie Behrens and Lucy Behrens of Flossmoor.

The program is directed by Marylee Hoganson of Homewood. Dayna Sterkowitz of Homewood is the stage manager and member of the ensemble. Stephen Lopez of Homewood is the musical director. Russ Hoganson is working on set design/construction. Meghan Hoyt is doing social media/Instagram.  

Tickets are $23 and are available through dg.booktix.com or by calling the Drama Group box office at 708-755-3444.  

Due to the current state of COVID-19, RSV and the flu, and out of concern for the health and safety of those on stage and in the audience, the Drama Group requires proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test and the wearing of a mask.

The Drama Group is a drop-off location for non-perishable foods for a local food pantry. Audience members can drop donations in a marked box in the lobby.

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