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 scene, the villagers prepare to hunt for the presents (it is followed by a reprise of “Fa-la-la” after the final curtain).
In this further excerpt from Scene 2, the villagers are unable to find any presents; they are surprised when Chloe tells them she sees gifts everywhere. (The villagers are looking for themselves, while Chloe is looking for her brother Joey).
In this final scene of “Once a Year on Christmas Eve,” the villagers learn a valuable lesson about the importance of giving to others.
“Anne Boleyn,” my first opera, is a short one-act based on the final moments of her life. This is a 1985 production with a reduced orchestration presented by Golden Fleece, Ltd., the Composers Chamber Theatre in New York City.