October 31, 2007 > "Madeline's Christmas"
By Justine Yan
Red coats with bright yellow buttons, and round, lemon-colored hats tied with black ribbons seem to come straight from the storybook with new life. Put on by the Rainbow Theatre, Madeline's Christmas is a heart-warming play in which the voices of a young cast ring like holiday bells, bringing warmth to the small theatre. In the story, 12 girls living in a Paris boarding house discover the real meaning of Christmas - being with those you love.
Throughout the small-scale production, young performers with the confidence of experts light up the room. Expert sound and digital effects, splendid costumes, a clever set design and amusing French accents all mix in to create a captivating night. The cheerful songs that are featured include "Achoo," "Chilly," "Abracadabra," "We're Flying" and "Bonne Annee."
Madeline and the girls are taking a French history class, when they all begin to sneeze. The entire class has caught "ze flu," and everyone is devastated because they are too sick to travel home for Christmas. Madeline, who is unafraid of lions and proud of having had her appendix taken out, assumes the task of caring for her sick classmates and her teacher, Miss Clavelle. But on the night of Christmas Eve, she meets Harsha, the magical Rug Merchant, who sells her 12 beautiful rugs to keep her sick friends warm. The adventure begins when Madeline saves Harsha from the freezing cold, and the magician-in-disguise hopes to return the favor by making a wish come true. With a magic word, "abracadabra," he reminds the children and Miss Clavel that Christmas is a time for miracles.
On opening night, Sarah Lamdin brilliantly played the role of Madeline. Rebecca Shieh, Kyle Bobay, Zachary Barnes, Audrey Cook, Cortney Hyde, Veena Chandran, Micaela Laber, Florencia Laber, Mikayla Horyza, Veronica Wang, Caitlyn Young, Elizabeth Laus, Hannah Amayo, Lena Cuevas, and Danielle Williams also did an outstanding job. The giggles, hiccups, sneezes - even the pillow fight - proved these young actresses and actors perfect for their roles.
"Madeline's Christmas" rose above all of the audience's expectations. Mesmerized, we half-wished that it was Christmas already as we stepped out of Rainbow Theatre to shake hands with the beaming cast.
Tickets may be purchased at the Milpitas Community center, or by calling (408) 586-3210.
Milpitas Rainbow Theatre (Milpitas Community Center)
457 E. Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas
Upcoming show times:
November 2, 2:30pm
November 3, 2:30pm & 7:30pm