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November 15, 2012

Holiday story tells tale of Christmas magic

DERRY — Life-Line Drama brings a nontraditional holiday show to the area next month telling the tale of the nativity in a unique way.

The show, "An Unexpected Gift" will be performed at the Derry Opera House, 29 West Broadway. Performances are set for Dec. 8 at 2 and 6 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 4 p.m.

The show is not a traditional Christmas play about the nativity, but an inspirational story of a foster child whose life is changed at the holidays by a family who believes in her. The show also celebrates the true meaning of Christmas and the special gifts the young girl receives.

The story is written and produced by New Hampshire artists.

"Just because it's Christmas doesn't mean reality stops," producer/playwright Rachel VanWagner said. "To us, there is no better time of year to inspire and encourage our audiences to make a difference in someone's life."

VanWagner said cast members have their own personal take on the story.

Bill Goulette appears in the show and lived in nine foster homes growing up and adopted three children through the foster system.

"I am finding that there are flecks of my past interspersed within the story," he said. "What is presented is well possible and the emotions are based on reality. It's been a wonderful experience."

To learn more about the show, contact the Opera House at 437-0505.

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