Arkansas Arts Center to present ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ at Convention Center


Children’s Theatre on Tour, a touring company of the Arkansas Arts Center’s Children’s Theatre in Little Rock, will perform “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” at 10 a.m. Dec. 5 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center Auditorium.

Local sponsors of the play are ARESC-HIPPY, ARESC-PAT, JCCSI Childcare Links/PAT, and DECC.

This original adaptation of the classic holiday poem is directed by John Isner, veteran actor and director for the Arts Center’s Children’s Theatre. In describing his approach to staging this production, Isner said, “The story takes place during the late Georgian time period. While we wanted to give flavors, décor and costuming of the time, we also worked hard at communicating the relevance of the story to present-day students. While we stay true to the poem and the posture of the time, we have had fun mixing in some modern-isms that I think students will appreciate.”

Penned by Clemment Moore, the poem was originally titled “A Visit From Saint Nicholas”, but over time, it became known as “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. The story tells of the author’s writer’s block and his wavering confidence as an author. However, through trusting his youthful joy and spirit for Christmas, he makes a wish upon a Christmas star. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Moore is visited by two spritely elves named Fa and La who, through fun, song, and antics guide him through his own creative process. The author learns to trust himself and to always remember that Christmas holds magic, no matter your age.

The cast consists of Aleigha Morton, Cassandra Nary and Jeremy Matthey. Morton serves as tour manager.

Children’s Theatre on Tour travels statewide performing three plays each year. Intended to be both educational and entertaining, the plays are often the first live theatre experience for many school children. “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” is available for booking from through Dec. 21.