By Claude Solnik
Directed by Matthew Lightsey
December 16 – December 19
DEC 16 - DEC 19, THU, FRI, SAT @ 8 PM, SUN @ 3 PM




It was shaping up to be just another Christmas – until they unveiled a sled that runs on starlight…

An aging Santa eyeing retirement. A robot stranded in the snow. A cowgirl who lives in Christmas Creek. An evil elf eager to take control of Christmas. A sleigh that runs on starlight. A romance between a young couple who find themselves separated by miles of snow. And two elves working hard to save the holiday along with dancers adding another dimension to the story.

“The Christmas Express,” a new holiday musical, is coming to Theater for the New City Dec. 16-19 just in time for the holiday season, providing a show for audiences of all ages. Get your tickets to see this modern Christmas musical, a magical show about Santa, starlight, invention, imagination, elves, reindeer, Snowbot the robot and, of course, saving Christmas.

4 performances only!
Thursday December 16 @ 8 p.m.
Friday December 17 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday December 18 @ 8 p.m.
Sunday December 19 @ 3 p.m.

Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes (no intermission)

Location: Community Space Theater

Ticket prices: $18 general admission/ $15 students and seniors

Director/Lyricist/Composer   Matthew Lightsey
Musical Director/Composer   John Paul Louis
Book Writer                            Claude Solnik
Stage Manager                        Melony Reyes
Choreographer                       Eugenia Rodriguez
Costumer Designer                Everett Clark
Lighting designer                   Mash Shugart

DJ Christmas                        Bryan Douglas
Neil                                        Keron Medina
Sharon                                   Hannah Jane
Santa Claus                            John Paul Louis
Emma Claus                          Katie Ploetz
Rennick                                 Jack O’Connor
Elvin                                      Ansi Rodriguez
Snowbot/Featured Dancer   Jessi Bushman
Tour Guide                           Britlyn Bonham
Featured Dancer                  Yurina Kogami
Featured Dancer                  Torre Randel
Featured Ensemble              Karina Carrillo
Featured Ensemble              Mia Williams


“Santa meets Star Wars sure to appeal to adults and children and the child in us all.”

A new Christmas Musical at Theater for the New City

It follows Santa and life in the Christmas Compound as two elves develop a sustainable sleigh that runs on starlight – amid the shadow of doubt over the existing sled and questions about the new sleight’s ability to do the job.

“We wanted to do a contemporary Christmas show,” said Lightsey. “Classic Christmas shows are done every year and that’s great. ‘The Christmas Express’ is a fun, modern Christmas musical for the whole family with songs that range from rap to rock. We wanted to write a Christmas show for our generation.”

“Santa’s sleigh is getting a little old, rusty and run down,” Solnik said. “There’s a question as to whether it will be able to make the rounds or break down like an old snow blower. Two mechanically-inclined elves decide to build a sustainable sled, but they have a hard time convincing Santa to try new technology.”

“I wrote songs that I thought fit the characters, the moments and the emotions of the show,” Louis said. “It’s an adventure, a love story with a touch of science fiction and still a holiday show. We want this to be a Christmas musical that you can see before the holiday, but that you might enjoy any time of year.”

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