Once a Year on Christmas Eve (Sc. 2 – “Chloe’s Song”)
Commissioned and produced by TADA! Youth Theater in New York City, Once a Year on Christmas Eve is a musical fable. Presents appear in a magical forest only on Christmas Eve and the villagers learn a valuable lesson about the importance of giving to others. In this excerpt from Scene 2, Chloe decides to look for presents for her brother Joey. The part of Chloe is performed by a young Mizuo Peck.
A type of hybrid opera/musical that is entirely sung, Once a Year on Christmas Eve may be performed by any combination of adults and/or children. At its premiere, it was performed entirely by young people ages 5-18, with a conductor and chamber accompaniment of flute, violin, cello and percussion.