After a one year hiatus, The Christmas Shoes returns to Dana Auditorium Dec. 14
The Christmas Shoes has been uplifting families since 2011 and will run again this year on Dec. 14 at 6 PM at the Guilford College – Dana Auditorium. This original, holiday ballet returns to the stage after a 1 year hiatus as Royal Expressions Contemporary Ballet launched a campaign to raise $25,000 to re-establish it’s production company that has produced five other dance productions since 2009 in addition to The Christmas Shoes.
The Christmas Shoes was conceived when Princess Johnson and a former volunteer, Daniele Herbin (formerly Lambb), were sitting trying to decide what to do about a Christmas performance. Herbin suggested The Christmas Shoes as a song to include in the show. At first, Johnson was not interested in including that song in the line up, but when she went home that night she thought about why that song was so important to Herbin and the meaning behind it.
Herbin’s mom had been battling with colon cancer for about 2 years and this song just so happened to be her mother’s – Ruby Brewington’s – favorite Christmas song. The song is about a man who is shopping and not really in the holiday mood. He’s frustrated with the commercialism of Christmas.
While he was in a store he sees a little boy standing in line who appears to be very excited about his purchase. When the little boy gets to the register he does not have enough money. He turns around to the man behind him and explains that he is buying the shoes for his dying mother so that she will look beautiful when she goes to heaven. The man pays for the shoes and in that instant realizes that Christmas isn’t about the physical presents we receive, but the presence and gifts of love, family, and friendship.
The production intertwines favorite holiday songs around the story and tells it from the perspective of the child. Ruby Brewington was able to see her daughter and grand-daughter perform in the very first run of the show in 2012. Six months later she passed away. Ever since then, The Christmas Shoes has been the holiday tradition of Royal Expressions as way to spread love and hope as many families cope with the loss of loved ones during the holiday season. This year, the cast includes all students at Royal Expressions School of Dance with Jade Donnell as the mother, 5 year old Jaidah Garner as the child, and 13 year old Atiyah Wright as the shopper.
For more information about The Christmas Shoes contact Princess Johnson at 336-944-6146 or email email@example.com. For Box Office information visit http://tinyurl.com/reboxoffice.