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‘The Gift of the Magi’ adds emotional warmth to the holiday season

Have you ever wanted to give someone that one special present? One that could make their face light up with joy? What if it involved sacrifice on your part? “The Gift of the Magi,” a play about exactly that, is based on the short story by the same name by O. Henry.

Foothill Theatre Co. is putting on this touching play that runs through the end of December at the Nevada Theater in Nevada City.

In 1981 The Actors Theatre of Louisville commissioned Peter Ekstrom to adapt O. Henry’s “The Gift of Magi.” Subsequently, the play ran it for 17 years straight because it was so popular. Foothill Theatre Company first produced the play in 1989. The current cast includes two actors from New York City-Lauren Adams as Della and Michael Batusic as Jim-with Beverly Marks, a local, as accompanist.

“I am a Christmas junkie. It’s true,” says Director, Karyn Casl, who has been cast in six out of seven FTC productions since 1999.

“I find this play utterly charming – O. Henry’s short story is so well-written, the music seems to come organically from the action of the story and is lovely to listen to, and we have such a talented trio of artists at work on the project, that it has been a true pleasure. I’m also completely in love with my set – Pamela Hodges and Les Solomon have created the perfect Christmas card that I saw in my brain, and Syeven Jones (from Sacramento) has lighted it to perfection. Paulette Gilbert created gorgeous costumes, as she always does – all in all, I have been fortunate to have such a solid support team behind me.

“When my colleagues and I chose this production to close out our 2006 season, I realized this was my perfect chance to take a leap into directional waters, and I had a wonderful time doing so. I hope folks will take a moment from their busy schedules to come to the theatre, and that audiences will take Jim and Della’s simple story of love and sacrifice to heart.”

WHAT: “The Gift of the Magi”

WHEN: Through December 30 on Thursdays (7 p.m.), Fridays (8 p.m.), Saturdays (2 and 8 p.m.) and Sundays (2 p.m.)

WHERE: Nevada Theatre,, 401 Broad St., Nevada City

ADMISSION: Tickets are $24 Adult, $19 Student, $22 Senior, and $11 Child for Thursday and Sunday shows and $26 Adult, $21 Student, $22 Senior, and $14 Child for the Friday and Saturday shows

INFORMATION: 265-8587; online at http://www.foothilltheatre.org

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