A Christmas Night debuts during Harborside Lights Festival
Thousands of twinkling holiday lights captured the fascination of children and adults during the Harborside Lights event at Lake Carolina last weekend. The magical display set the mood for a myriad of winter activities at Lake Carolina’s Town Center, including the debut of the original drama A Christmas Night performed at The Divine Playhouse.
Trees and houses draped in sparkling lights lit up Harborside streets as rows of white luminaries welcomed holiday enthusiasts to the annual event. The Divine Playhouse and a host of shops in Lake Carolina’s Town Center donated proceeds from Harborside Lights two–day event to Children’s Charities of the Midlands.
All five performances of A Christmas Night were sold out. Pam Bailey, who wrote and directed the one-act play, said about $800 was raised by the performances.
“The play takes place in Charleston during the late 1700s,” Bailey explained. “Two families are preparing for Christmas morning. One family has wealth to enjoy the coming morning with many gifts in pretty wrappings, while another family can only admire a beautiful star-filled Christmas night. And on this Christmas night, all one little girl wants is to touch a star. Through the eyes of a little girl, we’re all reminded that Christmas is with us every night: We just have to look up.”
“The average age of the cast is eight years of age,” Bailey said. The central character, Rachel Doscher, is played by Anna Grace Peterson.
The play was captured in song by Christmas carolers, who were led by voice teacher Angela Powers. Carolers included Davis Powers, Laton Powers, and Gracie Antonelli.
Horse–drawn carriage rides offered a romantic tour through the Harborside Village, adding to the ambiance of the Harborside Lights event. When it was time to warm up, children roasted marshmallows and drank warm apple cider by the fire.
During the Harborside Lights event, Town Center merchants opened their doors for evening shopping including a wine tasting at Groucho’s Deli, holiday shopping at Eleni Interiors, and an acoustic guitar performance at Logan Raye spa. Shoppers also enjoyed entertainment and refreshment at The Adams Agency Inc. Insurance, Carolina Family Pharmacy, Eye Co. Optometry, Printex Office Solutions, and Sidewalk Café and Catering Co. Children were delighted when Santa made an appearance, taking special note of their requests for Christmas.
For more information on these events or to make donations to Children’s Charities of the Midlands, contact Lake Carolina at 736-LAKE (5253). To contact The Divine Playhouse art center for Pam Bailey’s school of dance and drama and Gena Antonelli’s studio of visual arts, call 865-3332. Lake Carolina is located in Northeast Columbia off Hard Scrabble Road.