NMSU’s Theatre Arts Department continues its 2021-2022 season with the magical storybook musical, Syd the Solstice Kid, at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, November 19-28, 2021. Adapted to the stage by Studio East Artistic Director Lani Brockman, for Storybook Theater, with music and lyrics by Susan Bardsley, Syd the Solstice Kid is an original musical that explores winter solstice stories and traditions from around the world. The play makes its Southwest premiere right here in Las Cruces.
The 55-minute show follows Syd and three of her friends as they explore winter solstice
stories from Scandinavian, Inuit, Chinese and African cultures. They act out the ancient stories that these communities told to explain the disappearing sun, shorter days, and the eventual celebration and return of light. Packed with audience participation, loads of humor and original songs, Syd is a musical treat for all ages.
“Some Solstice stories contain interesting pieces that have evolved into holiday traditions many of us enjoy today – decorating the house, making wreaths, gift-giving and candle lighting, for example,” said Lani Brockman, founder and writer of StoryBook Theater. “Audience members will learn where many of these traditions came from and how other communities celebrate the winter solstice in their county.
“Through storytelling, Syd the Solstice Kid hopes to build awareness about our many diverse cultures in this ever-shrinking world. Every culture has its own stories and narratives, which are shared for a variety of reasons – as a means for entertainment, education, cultural preservation and instilling values. Before science, it was stories.”
The production is being directed locally by Theatre Arts Department Head Wil Kilroy, while NMSU assistant professor of theater arts Lisa Hermanson provides music direction. Because of Covid-19 safety measures, all ticketing for this production is general admission. According to Kilroy, “This way everyone can choose their comfort level and decide to sit up in one of our balconies to be distant, or if comfortable, to sit close to the stage.”
Dates and times for performances are November 19, 20, 26 & 27, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, November 28, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $8 for children under the age of 18. In keeping with the themes, two free student matinee shows will be held for Las Cruces Public Schools, as a service to the community. To purchase tickets, visit the website.
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