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UpStage Theatre
News Release
Friday, November 21, 2008

Can an out of place elf save Christmas? 

UpStage Theatre presents their annual Christmas musical, Santa’s Magic Timepiece by Ann Richie with music and lyrics by Arnold Richie and Alice Smith December 6-21st. All performances will be at Lakeview Auditorium, 314 Lakeview Drive, Sugar Land, Texas.

This year, it seems that there is an abundance of good boys and girls in the world, deserving of Santa’s visit, but not enough time to make and deliver all the toys. Can an enterprising and inventive elf come to their rescue before time runs out and Christmas turns into a disaster? Not even a magic sled and flying reindeer can help Santa get to everyone this Christmas. A new take on timeless Christmas characters take Santa’s elves to new heights.

In the past, all of Upstage’s performances were done at Lambert Hall in the Heights, where a repeat audience was looking forward to this year’s production of Santa’s Magic Timepiece. However, due to damage from Hurricane Ike, Lambert Hall is currently out of commission and the show has been moved to Sugar Land. Any and all support is extremely welcomed and Upstage is looking forward to bringing the joy of the holidays to a new area of the Houston region this year.

Cast members include: Sam Sigman as Santa Claus, Crys Hymel as Merry Claus, Mandy Wilburn as Joy Claus, Randy Creager as Tink the “tall” elf, Amanda “Mandy” Goggin as Holly, Sonia Kronberg as Jolly, Heather Gabriel as Miss Berry, Jennifer Seibold as Figgy. Co-directors are Ann and Arnold Richie and music director is Alice Smith.

This is an all ages show, especially geared toward children (including children at heart). Show dates include Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm starting December 6 and ending December 21st. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved by calling 713-838-7191 or visiting

Started in 2000 by Arnold and Ann Richie, UpStage Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and group of talented volunteers dedicated to providing high quality, affordable and family friendly theatrical experiences. UpStage relies solely on ticket sales, ad sales and the generosity of its patrons for its finances.

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