A few years back, one of my best pastor friends was genuinely disappointed in me when he first heard about our musical, “SAY NICKLAUS.” He later admitted to me that he told his wife,”Chip’s gone and written a ‘Santy Claus’ play.” I’m glad he had enough confidence in us to go ahead and bring his church to the production…because “SAY NICKLAUS” turned out to be one of his favorites.
It is one of mine too, and I am am so excited about bringing this sweet story back to our stage. There are all kinds of Christmas musicals around, but I believe the message of acceptance and love that you’ll see in “SAY NICKLAUS” presents something very special.
The story takes place in a home for orphaned and abandoned children in a mythical place called Norpol Province. Nicklaus and Meena Elliffe, played this year by Glenn and Twila Polk, are house parents to eight children. Each of these children has been passed over for adoption many times, so they are well acquainted with the pain of rejection.
However, the Elliffes have created a loving home for these and many other children throughout their many years at State Home for Children No. 13. The acceptance and sense of belonging to the loving family of God is the core message of “Say Nicklaus.” It is a story told with music, laughter, maybe a few sniffs, and a generous portion of explosive excitement.
If you’re looking for a wonderful Sunday School or Small Group event for the holidays, “Say Nicklaus” is perfect. It is also great family entertainment. If you’ve seen this musical before, this year we’ll have even more music, featuring a very special song and dance, written for the occasion of Twila Polk’s debut in a Ragtown production. The song is called “Dance Through Life” and it is bound to be one of the highlights of a show filled with highlights.
If you saw last year’s production of “Bethlehem,” like me, you probably became a fan of Chris Smith, who portrayed Jesus. Chris and his extraordinarily talented wife, Sarah, will be playing Cornelius Houchen and Ula Goiterflaven this year. I can’t wait to hear these two sing “I Wish I Could Share that With You” together!
In addition, our Ragtown Gospel Christmas Concert is going to be very special. This year it will be all brand new songs for Christmas, and we’re very excited about performing them them for you.
So call friends and family! Set a date and make your reservations. The phones have been ringing already, and we’re going to be advertising heavily for this show. You need to go ahead and secure those seats you like. We miss you, and can’t wait to have you back at Ragtown for Christmas!