The classic story featuring “12 little girls in two straight lines” will come to life on the stage of the Washington Opera House when the Maysville Players present “Madeline’s Christmas.”

“We are delighted to bring this fun-filled musical to our stage for the holidays,” said Mike Thomas, producing director of the local theatre company. “The script is filled with song and spirit and is sure to delight audiences of all ages.”

Production dates are Dec. 13-17 with performances at 7 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for children age 12 and under. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 606-564-3666 or purchased on-line at

Directed by Mike Thomas, with musical direction by Mark Funk, the cast features 12 young ladies, including Bailey Grace Hunt in the title role, along with three adult actors. The youth performers range in from age 8-11.

In addition to Hunt as Madeline, the cast includes Hayleana Dudley, Avra Boggs Brynlee Faulkner, Karleigh Thomas, Grace Anne Blackburn, Lily Dean, Sarah Gerhardt, Jordyn Faulkner, Emma Gallenstein, Kahydn Kimball and Riley Verdin as the young ladies, along with Cynthia Thomas as Miss Clavel, Logan Gallenstein as Mr. Harsha, and Sarah Teegarden as Mrs. Murphy. Kynslee Thomas completes the cast in the role of the mouse.

Based on the classic children’s stories by Ludwig Bemelman, the production features book and lyrics by Jennifer Kirkeby and music by Shirley Mier. The production is presented with the permission of Dramatic Publishing Company.

The story centers around the Christmas holiday when the 12 young ladies come down with colds and find themselves unable to return home from school to visit their parents until a special gift is presented to each of them by Madeline with the help of a mysterious peddler.

“This is a perfect show for the season,” Thomas said. “There is lively music and a lovely message to go with the charming story.”

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Costumes for this production have been rented from the Legacy Theatre in Atlanta, Ga. Steve Dobson and Mike Lewis are the set designers. Tammy Gast serves as stage manager.

For more information, visit or call 606-564-3666.

The Washington Opera House is located at 116 West Second Street in downtown Maysville.


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