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'Madeline' at Phipps in December

"Madeline's Christmas" produced by The Phipps Children's Theater, will have a special limited run this holiday season Dec.10 - 13 at The Phipps Center for the Arts.

"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. They left the house at half-past nine in two straight lines, in rain or shine. The smallest one was Madeline." So begins the story of "Madeline's Christmas," with its book and lyrics by Jennifer Kirkeby, music by Shirley Mier, based on the book by Ludwig Bemelmans.

The day begins like any other day. Miss Clavel takes the twelve little girls on their morning walk. They go to the zoo and then back to school for their French history lesson. Suddenly disaster strikes when everyone gets the flu. Everyone that is, except for the ever-resilient Madeline. Saddened that they may not be able to go home for Christmas, the girls and Miss Clavel take to their beds. On Christmas Eve, there is a knock at the front door. Expecting to see Santa, Madeline answers. It is a mysterious rug merchant who brings twelve magic carpets for the girls ... and the adventure begins.

Director Jan Arford has staged shows for Lakeshore Players and the Northfield Very Short Play Festival. She has also performed with Lakeshore Players, Bloomington Civic Theatre, Theatre in the Round, the Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company, and the Children's Theatre Company.

Only five performances will be given on the main stage Dec.10 - 13, on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., as well as Sunday at 2 p.m. The running time for the show is approximately one hour.

Tickets are $13 for all youth 18 years and younger and $15 for adults. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or go to