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A Child's Christmas in Wales

Written by Joe Ulrich, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | Nov 20, 2012 9:56 AM

Lance Miller and Stuart Landon during a rehearsal of A Child's Christmas in Wales produced by Open Stage of Harrisburg.

"...and I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve, or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six."

Childhood memories have a way of melting together. And Dylan Thomas's A Child's Christmas in Wales, a recounting of Christmas during Thomas's childhood in the 1920's, is that particular mixture of Christmas, snow and childhood that for many people is a magical combination. His story of reminiscences about his childhood during the holiday is adapted for the stage by Open Stage of Harrisburg.

"I think that it speaks to our memories of the past and our memories of Christmases gone by," says director and Executive Artist Director Donald Alsedek, "and I think it helps give families the ability to pass tradition on. It'll start a conversation."

"It was a simpler time," says Stuart Landon, who plays the older Thomas in the story. "In a way when you first look at it, it seems charming but then when you really sit with it for a while, I think by the end of the piece the audience will realize how much we really do long for this."


A Child's Christmas in Wales runs from November 23 to December 15 at Open Stage of Harrisburg. For more information visit

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