Locals help perform in Forgotten Carols

Michael McLean brings his production “The Forgotten Carols” to Cache Valley for two nights this week, Tuesday and Wednesday, appearing at Utah State University’s Kent Concert Hall in the Chase Fine Arts Center both nights. “We are thrilled we get to be in Logan for two nights this year. Utah State’s a magic place,” said McLean. “It has been 20 years we have been telling this story from the Forgotten Carols book and its accompanying music track. “To promote it I went on the road and started telling the story which just evolved to become what it is now: a full on play about songs and a presentation with a truck and choirs and a cast.” McLean said the story is about a nurse, who doesn’t care about the holidays, and who is taking care of an elderly man who has psychological problems. “He thinks he’s been alive 2,000 years. He believes he has actually met people in the Christmas Story who have been forgotten. For example, he thinks he met the innkeeper who turned away Joseph and Mary. “Each one of these characters from long ago who he claims to have met, all have forgotten carols. He keeps telling the nurse, who has real problems with Christmas, that she has a carol in her heart. “Well, she doesn’t like to sing, she’s rolling her eyes, she thinks the man is nuts. Then little-by-little, each one of the forgotten carols that he shares with her, somehow relate to something in her life. It starts to open her up to the magic of the holidays.” The production combines Broadway-level actors and actresses with local choirs and singers. McClean said a small army does the work of moving the show from one venue to the next. “It’s really fun to see everybody coordinate their efforts and try to bring a really unique Christmas spirit to each city where we appear.” Tickets for the two performances in Logan are available at forgottencarols.com.

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