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'The Forgotten Carols' returns to Provo stage

Play's creators want people to be moved by the holiday spirit

Dave Tinney stars as John and Korianne Johnson as Constance.
Dave Tinney stars as John and Korianne Johnson as Constance.
Michael Handley

PROVO — This holiday season Michael McLean's touching Christmas tale, "The Forgotten Carols," returns to Provo Theatre Company as part of its 20th anniversary season. This stage adaptation by Scott McLean and directed by Bradley Moss opens Nov. 25 and plays through Dec. 23.

This newfound holiday tradition tells the story of Constance Chamberlain, a nurse whose empty life is changed by her patient, John, who expands her understanding of Christmas.

"The Forgotten Carols" are original songs from the perspective of characters such as the innkeeper who turned the young couple away or the shepherd who slept through the angels' announcement. Their personal accounts have been, until now, overlooked or ignored. Together John and Constance discover what the world has forgotten about Christmas.

Moss returns as the director of "The Forgotten Carols," which marks his third directing project at Provo Theatre Company, having directed last season's production as well as the musical "Big River."

Also returning are Dave Tinney as John and Thomas Every as James, joining newcomers Korianne Johnson as Constance and Lara Johnson as Lillian.

Choosing to bring back the same holiday piece was not a difficult one for Tinney, who is the theater's artistic director.

"Last year's production of 'The Forgotten Carols' was a huge hit. I think people were surprised that they were not only entertained but left with something more. It is a great preparation for the holidays; getting people closer to the spirit of the season," he said.

Tinney's intent is to keep the show as part of PTC's holiday lineup.

"Christmas is about traditions," Tinney said. "They make us feel like we are a part of something bigger than ourselves; something that's been around forever. We hope to give our audience an opportunity to bring a new tradition into their families. Every year we hope they'll say, 'It just isn't Christmas until we've done our shopping, taken the kids to see Santa and purchased our tickets for 'The Forgotten Carols' at Provo Theatre Company."

Composer and author of "The Forgotten Carols," Michael McLean (who is also father of playwright Scott McLean), said of PTC's production, "The experience of seeing 'The Forgotten Carols' at Provo Theatre Company is the way it was meant to be."

If you go

What: The Forgotten Carols

Where: Provo Theatre Company, 105 E. 100 North

When: 7:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, Nov. 25 through Dec. 23

How much: $12.50-$15.

Phone: 379-0600