Fountain Hills Theater presents its holiday musical, “The Quiltmaker’s Gift,” from Dec. 2 through Dec. 18.
According to a press release, the story follows a mysterious old woman living in misty mountains, making beautiful quilts for the poor. Meanwhile, a greedy king is desperate to find happiness, assuming it will come from one of the many presents he has demanded from his subjects.
When the old woman refuses to give the king a quilt, she starts him on a journey of self-discovery that takes them both on a whimsical adventure, the release stated.
Based on the children’s book by Jeff Brumbeau, the show first premiered at The Phoenix Theatre in 2002 and has now been produced in theaters across the country. It has a fun musical score with music by Phoenix composer Craig Bohmler, witty lyrics by Steven Mark Kohn and a humorous, yet moving, book by Alan J. Prewitt.
The Fountain Hills Theater production stars the author, Alan J. Prewitt, as The Old Man. Prewitt moved to Phoenix in 1980 where he began writing and directing up to four plays each season for Phoenix Theatre’s Cookie Company, a company of professional adult actors performing for families. He also served as artistic director and playwright in residence with more than 70 produced scripts to his credit.
He has been honored with numerous awards as a playwright and director in Phoenix including the National Society of Arts and Letters Career Achievement Award, the AriZoni Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre and the Arizona Theatre Alliance Award for Outstanding Arts Education Programming.
Prewitt is currently preparing several more scripts for publication, according to the release.
The Quiltmaker’s Gift is directed by Wanda McHatton, musically directed by Jay Melberg and choreographed by Noel Irick. Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing and stars playwright Alan J. Prewitt, Daniel Tanner, Tom Mangum, Brianne Gobeski, Adam Gobeski, Natalie Edwards, Madison Matuszewski, Camilla Akramova and Lydia Hill.
“The Quiltmaker’s Gift” will play Dec. 2 -18. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Individual tickets are $35 for adults and $18 for youth 17 and under. Seniors receive a $5 discount on all Thursday performances. Group, active duty and veteran discounts are available.
All performances are at Fountain Hills Theater on its Mainstage at 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd.
Tickets are available through the Theater Box Office at 480-837-9661 ext. 3, or by visiting fhtaz.org. Box office hours are 10 am.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
For additional information, call Fountain Hills Theater Artistic Director Peter J. Hill at 480-837-9661 ext. 7.