Madeline’s Christmas 2013


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Madeline’s Christmas

Book & Lyrics by Jennifer Kirkeby
Music by Shirley Mier
Based on the book by Ludwig Bemelmans

In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines,” begins the story of Madeline. This holiday season will be unlike any other for Madeline and her friends. While on their morning walk with Miss Clavel, the girls come down with the flu, and as they take to their bed, many wonder if they will be able to go home for Christmas. With the arrival of a mysterious stranger, Madeline and the other girls get a holiday adventure beyond their wildest dreams.

A musical play adapted from Ludwig Bemelmans’ delightful book. A holiday treat for the whole family!

Length & Content

Madeline’s Christmas runs 1 hour with no intermission. The play is recommended for children 3+.

The Atlanta Children’s Theatre Company

Madeline’s Christmas is a Family Series Production in collaboration with The Atlanta Children’s Theatre Company.

The Atlanta Children’s Theatre Company is passionate about sharing their love of drama and professional theatre with Atlanta’s children and families! They offer dramatic arts education experiences taught by theatre professionals in rich, child-honoring learning environments through summer camp, after-school, preschool and workshop programs. In addition, they are actively working towards becoming a full producing company, providing family-friendly productions for and by children. More information at

From Horizon Theatre’s Artistic Director

As we celebrate the end of Horizon Theatre Company’s 29th season, we are thrilled to bring back for the sixth year our Family Series production of Madeline’s Christmas. In the past five years, this heart-warming play has reached thousands of children and families, welcoming a new generation of audiences to the Horizon experience of intimate, high-quality, contemporary theatre. We hope parents and grandparents who love Horizon (and many who are new to us!) will enjoy introducing their children to this fresh and fun holiday musical.

Eight years ago Horizon approached our colleague, friend, and founder of Atlanta Children’s Theatre, Spring Mason, to partner in bringing excellent theatre with and for young people to Horizon. Spring worked previously at Horizon as an actor in Angry Housewives and The Good Times Are Killing Me.  Her wealth of experience with children and connections to families are huge assets to our family theatre partnership. For Madeline’s Christmas, Spring Mason directs a wonderful team of professionals—choreographer, music director, designers, and adult actors—and 24 talented, adorable girls from all over Metro Atlanta (19 different schools in four counties!).

Ludwig Bemelmans’ first Madeline book was published in 1939 and was named a Caldecott Honor book.  The next, Madeline’s Rescue, received a Caldecott Medal and all five of its sequels have become classics, inspiring dolls, games, cartoons, and even a major motion picture.  Madeline’s popularity with girls and boys is a result of her feisty, spunky personality. For three generations Madeline has been a role model for girls learning to speak their mind, explore their individuality, and understand that femininity includes being clever, smart and strong.

I have always loved Madeline, so when I heard there was a stage adaptation of Madeline’s Christmas, I knew I’d found the right show to launch our Family Series. Everything familiar about the book and its illustrations is featured in the show, with a few new inventions such as names and personalities for all of Madeline’s schoolmates. Of course, Madeline is as independent and fearless as ever, and fans of all ages will fall in love with Madeline’s irrepressible spirit all over again.

So, Happy Holidays and Bonne Annee from all of us at Horizon!  May Madeline bring you closer to the children in your life and the child inside you. And stayed tuned (or sign up for our e-mail list) for the announcement of Family Series productions, camps, classes, auditions, and more!
—Lisa Adler

Press Release

Read the official Madeline’s Christmas press release.

Performance Dates

December 7-31, 2013


Weekend Performances
Saturday & Sunday at 1:00 PM & 3:30 PM

School Day Matinees
Tuesday, December 10 at 10:30 AM
Wednesday, December 11 at 10:30 AM

Group pricing is available for the school day matinee performances. Call 404.523.1477 x111 for more information.

Weekday Performances
Monday, December 9 at 6:30 PM
Monday, December 16 at 6:30 PM
Thursday-Friday, December 19-20 at 1:00 PM & 3:30 PM
Monday-Tuesday, December 23-24 at 1:00 PM & 3:30 PM
Thursday-Friday, December 26-27 at 1:00 PM & 3:30 PM
Monday-Tuesday, December 30-31 at 1:00 PM & 3:30 PM


General Admission
Adult $15
Child $12 (12 & under)

*Ticket prices are subject to change. 8% sales tax will be added to all ticket orders. Internet convenience fee added to all online orders. No refunds, exchanges, or late seating.

Performances by Cast

Red Cast Performances
Saturday, December 7 at 3:30 PM
Sunday, December 8 at 1 PM
Monday, December 9 at 6:30 PM
Wednesday, December 11 at 10:30 AM
Sunday, December 15 at 1 PM & 3:30 PM
Thursday, December 19 at 1 PM & 3:30 PM
Saturday, December 21 at 1 PM & 3:30 PM
Tuesday, December 24 at 1 PM & 3:30 PM
Friday, December 27 at 1 PM & 3:30 PM
Saturday, December 28 at 1 PM
Sunday, December 29 at 3:30 PM
Monday, December 30 at 1 PM & 3:30 PM

Green Cast Performances
Saturday, December 7 at 1 PM
Sunday, December 8 at 3:30 PM
Tuesday, December 10 at 10:30 AM
Saturday, December 14 at 1 PM & 3:30 PM
Monday, December 16 at 6:30 PM
Friday, December 20 at 1 PM & 3:30 PM
Sunday, December 22 at 1 PM & 3:30 PM
Monday, December 23 at 1 PM & 3:30 PM
Thursday, December 26 at 1 PM & 3:30 PM
Saturday, December 28 at 3:30 PM
Sunday, December 29 at 1 PM
Tuesday, December 31 at 1 PM & 3:30 PM

Professional Cast

Miss Clavel – Abby Parker
Harsha – Matthew Bass
Mrs. Murphey – Christy Clark

Red Cast

Kendall Brutus
Christa Beth Campbell
Dahlia Davis
Grace Deen
Kate Fredrickson
Dana Higgins
Moni Okuwobi
Sativa Patel
Lauren Smith
Mikari Tarpley
Maddie Thorpe
Mabel Tyler

Green Cast

Ava Alexander
Kaylee Bryant
Carrie Crespino
Anna Fedorova
Arden Gipson
Mary Elizabeth Kirkpatrick
Kaycee Lark
Nseya Perry
Anne Rogan
Ana Singleton
Annika Speakman
Anne-Lise vonWismar

Creative Team

Director – Spring Mason
Music Director – Keena Redding Hunt
Original Choreographer – Jeff McKerley
Choreographer – Courtney Foster-Donahue
Scenic Designers – Isabel A. Curley-Clay & Moriah Curley-Clay
Lighting Designer – Mary Parker
Sound Designer – Thom Jenkins
Costume Designer – Alison Recknagel
Props Designer – Kate Bidwell LaFoy
Stage Manager – Charlie Moore

What Audiences Are Saying

“It was very well done, highly entertaining, and moved at a wonderful pace. The music complemented the book resulting in a continuity that engaged the audience from the beginning.”

“It was a terrific production. The girls (and adults) were utterly charming. So enjoyable!”

“Great production and perfect for young kids!”

“Loved it! The girls were wonderful and very professional. Great scripting and the direction was super too!”

“Just about flawless and hugely entertaining.”

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The Madeline Club sponsors fund the set, costumes, props, lights, performance space, promotional materials and professional actors, directors and designers. Madeline Business Club members make it possible to offer affordable tickets for families to see Madeline’s Christmas this holiday season. We are grateful for your generosity and leadership in our community.

The Madeline Business Club 2013

Madeline Stars ($1000 and above)

Genevieve Angels ($500)

Miss Clavel Friends ($250)

The Madeline Club 2013

Madeline Stars ($1000 and above)

  • Iyabo Okuwobi
  • Shefali & Manish Patel
  • Joshua Thorpe & Kelly Gwynn

Genevieve Angels ($500)

  • Lisa & Randy Alexander

Miss Clavel Friends ($250)

  • Elena Polovnikova & Andrei Fedorova
  • Nakia & Paul Merlino
  • Elizabeth & Ed Rogan