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The Match Girl's Gift

by Laurie Brooks
Directed by Ryan Long

Dec. 5 & 6, 2014 at 8:00pm
Dec. 12 & 13, 2014 at 8:00pm
Dec. 19 & 20 2014 at 8:00pm
Dec. 14 & 21, 2014 at 2:00pm

Isaac Barnes, Amelia Cameron, Dan Griscom, Barb Inglis, Maggie Szabo, Jack Szabo, & Ashley Woodard

Christmas Eve: 1898. The streets of New York City bustle with activity as a light snow begins to fall...one almost overlooks the ragged little girl huddled by the steps of the picturesque mansion. With the help of her grandmother, Lizzie dreams of the things that might be possible were she to dare enter the majestic house and encounter the seemingly happy family within. This condensed retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's classic will inspire your holiday spirit with a heartwarming story of one little girl's triumph over despair.

Along with the play, and adding to the spirit of the holiday, local music groups will take the stage for programs of songs and compositions of the season.

Suitable for all ages.

Purchase tickets online or call 614.360.1000.

Holiday Food Drive

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Curtain Players will conduct a food drive during this season's The Match Girl's Gift to benefit Westerville Area Resource Ministry. In the spirit of the story told on stage, those attending performances are being asked to contribute five (5) non-perishable food items, household supplies, and/or personal care products.

Goods collected will be delivered to WARM for distribution in their food pantry during the holiday season. Cash donations, too, will be accepted at the theatre.


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Curtain Players President Jill Taylor

A Message from the President

Read the latest update from Curtain Players President Jill Taylor.

Big Changes at Our Playhouse
Updated: November 18, 2014

Recent News

  • Spotlight: Day Makes Exit From Players Board
  • Dec 22: WARM Drive: 300-Plus Pounds of Good Will
  • Dec 21: 'Gift' Sells Out Final Performance
  • Dec 19: Director Picks 'Pack' Production Team
  • Dec 18: Player Featured in 'Foxcatcher' Film
  • Dec 17: Old Seats Available Free Until December 31
  • Dec 16: Help Needed for Seat Removal, Installation
  • Dec 15: 'Cat' Tryouts Jan 4, Script Review Dec 29
  • Dec 13: Directors Named for 'Simply Staged'
  • Dec 12: 'Gift' Sales Brisk; Advance Buys Advised
  • See all Curtain Players news. >

In the Spotlight

Day Makes Exit From Players Board

Michael Day is leaving his post as Curtain Players treasurer on December 31. The board at its December 15 meeting accepted the resignation with regret. Day is moving to New Zealand in January.

Speaking on behalf of Curtain Players, President Jill Taylor said Day is greatly appreciated and will be missed. Taylor noted Day's love and dedication to Curtain Players, and that his contributions creatively and in areas of administration and operations are exemplary.

Day plans to continue as webmaster for this online site.

Day in 2010 received the community theatre’s highest honor, the Richard D. Near Award.

Day was elected to the office in May, returning to the theatre’s leadership team after two seasons. He had served on the board from 2009-2012, first as production manager and then as treasurer.

As production manager, Day helped create a standardized audition program and developed job descriptions and guidelines for directors, producers, stage managers, and others working behind the scenes. In his role as treasurer, he created a system of detailed accounting practices and protocols, audited and standardized annual fiscal reports, and handled tax filing and government reports as non-profit organizations are legally bound to do.

Day’s acting credits on the Harlem Road stage include The Passion of Dracula, and he directed Dial M for Murder, Burn This, and Arsenic and Old Lace. He has also worked as a scenic designer (Proof), producer, stage manager, and volunteer, and as a frequent moderator for Curtain Panels audience talkback programs.

Day has long been active in Ohio theatre with directing, acting, leadership, and volunteer credits with many stage companies and advocacy organizations.