• Thursday, November 7, 2013

Local artist Kem Welch is bringing a brilliant, original musical to the Lowcountry this Christmas season. Heart of Christmas is a family-friendly adventure that follows Emily, a cheerful orphan girl, as she struggles to bring the Christmas spirit to a town plagued by greed and commercialism.

Emily peddles her simple, handmade ornaments under the shadow of a Christmas superstore, much to the chagrin of its treacherous amphibian proprietor, Toadfinger, who will stop at nothing to eliminate his competition.

Across town, Stashworthy (who is quite literally a street-rat) and his sidekick Corky (a cockroach), have grown accustomed to a life of crime. But soon their vagabond ways catch up with them, sending them on a crash-course that leads them on a search for the Heart of Christmas, culminating in a spectacle that you have to see to believe.

A young couple, Robert and Amelia, are Emily’s best customers. Earl, who long ago fell into a life of vagrancy, is Emily’s stalwart protector.

They are also searching for something, and what they find is sure to warm your heart.

The little town’s Street Corner Choir fills out the scenery as they add harmony to the wonderfully crafted musical numbers, and kindle your Christmas spirit.

This production is the result of many years of hard work by its creator, Kem Welch, and his wife Barbara.

While Hanahan residents may recognize some of the songs from past tree-lighting ceremonies, this year marks the first time these characters will be brought to life on stage, under the design and direction of Kem and fellow artist Jason Olson. In addition to the creative masks donned by our full-size, animal-inspired characters, the amazing cast will be decked in stunning costumes created by Diana Reeves. In collaboration with Flowertown Players and The City of Hanahan, this heartwarming show is debuting in Summerville in November at the James F. Dean Theater, and is set to be the inaugural event at the newly constructed Hanahan Amphitheater in December.

Flowertown Shows: Nov. 22, 23 at 7 p.m./ Nov. 23, 24 at 1 p.m.

Hanahan Shows: Dec. 14 at 7p.m. / Dec. 14,15 at 2 p.m.

Tickets for both venues are $12 for adults and $8 for children (12 and under)

For advance tickets please visit for Summerville, for Hanahan.


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