The Gift of the Magi
December 7 - 8, 2019

The Nagoya Players Will Perform The Classic Story of Gift-giving on Dec 7th and 8th

The classic story of gift-giving and personal sacrifice by O. Henry has been adapted for stage and given a romantic and comical spin by playwright Jon Jory. The story centers on Della and Jim, a young couple with little money. Christmas is approaching and neither have enough money to buy a proper gift. Unbeknownst to each other, Della and Jim both make great personal sacrifices in order to procure the money needed. A special and memorable lesson is learned by all when they realize that the gift of love is more valuable than anything money can buy.

There will be a total of 4 performances at Higashi Playhouse (東文化小劇場):
Sat. Dec 7th, 12:00 & 16:00
Sun. Dec 8th, 12:00 & 16:00

Performances will be approximately 90 minutes. Performed in English with Japanese subtitles. The English level is suitable for beginner-intermediate speakers and can be enjoyed without subtitles. The show is open seating, so please arrive early if you wish to get a seat with a good view of the subtitles and stage.

The Nagoya Players Choir
Christmas caroling is a big part of what makes the holiday fun! So, it only seemed natural to weave a few Christmas classics into the show. Choir Director Shawnna Hunter has put together some unique arrangements just for the occasion. The choir is full of diverse talents and voices and they’ve been working very hard at combining it all into a beautiful sound for you to enjoy.

Live Music
NP Music Director Robert Beatty is joining forces with classical guitarist Jason Taylor to
put together the instrumentals for the show. Robert and Jason are both long-time performers in Nagoya’s music scene. They’ve given special care to the original pieces and Christmas standards they’ll be performing. Robert is also working with saxophonist Jeff Fritch to create a unique synergy between the dance and music.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without dancing, right?! Show Choreographer Jeff Fritch is a veteran NP member and dance instructor. He’s a tap dance specialist and has been working with his star pupil Chiharu Sakamoto on a spirited and fun routine. But we didn’t stop there! Jeff has also put together a cabaret performance with Valeriya Takazato that’ll have you grooving in your seats. It’ll definitely be a highlight of the show!

English Education
A Nagoya Players show also wouldn’t be complete without some English-study. Artist Wayne Wilson, Show Director Shawn Mahler and Show Translator Kagari Takahashi worked together to produce our new The Gift of the Magi Bilingual Picture Book. Please visit our education page to download the book and other great learning resources for our shows.

Tickets available from TicketPia P-Code 495-574 (online, Family Mart & 7-11) cast, crew, and also available at show supporter IPE Academy in Imaike.

Email us for details on a special offer for groups of 10 or more.


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