Sat 11/30-Sun 12/22
I remember as a kid going to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry during the holidays to see their Christmas trees from around the world, and being most taken with the ones from Scandinavia. They featured handmade ornaments such as little woven paper baskets that were easy to go home and replicate.
There’s something about Scandinavian countries that seems to suit Christmas, and now Northeast Ohio’s professional children’s theater Talespinner Children’s Theatre continues its travels around the world with a stop in Sweden for the holidays. And of course Tovic Tomte & the Trolls (A Tale of Sweden) incorporates Christmas into its story line. It’s set on Christmas even when a youngster named Tovic makes a dangerous foray into the cave of the giant trolls in order to snag a wedding gift for a friend.
Written by noted Cleveland playwright Eric Coble and directed by another well-known area theater person, actor/director/playwright Nina Domingue, the show opens Sat 11/30 at Talespinner’s home in the Detroit/Shoreway neighborhood and runs through Sun 12/22 on Fridats @ 7pm and Saturdays and Sundays @ 3pm.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under, $13 for seniors and students. There are also “pay what you can performances.” Go to the website for more information. College students and adults without kids shouldn’t dismiss going because it’s a children’s theater. These vibrant, multidisciplinary productions blend dance, movement, music, lighting, set pieces, costumes, puppets and masks for an experience that engages viewers on many levels.