Local patrons, Ray and Collette Skeff sponsor the Adams State holiday performance "The Little Match Girl"


For the seventh year, the Adams State College Theatre Program is producing a holiday classic for community enjoyment. Dr. Paul Newman, professor of theatre, last directed the season sensation in 2007, "Cinderella." His choice this year "The Little Match Girl" is as sure to delight audiences as much as the more playful "Cinderella".

According to Newman, the story, by Hans Christian Anderson, inspires the belief in the power of dreams. "With every match the little match girl lights, visions of love and laughter, warmth and welcome, Christmas cheer and joy warm her frozen world. When she strikes her last match, she's left with her last dream--the one that lasts forever."

Ray and Collette Skeff are this year's sponsors; they were also sponsors for the 2006 performance, "It's a Wonderful Life". "We took friends to see that play, it was wonderful." Ray is a member of the Adams State Foundation Board and said he has a "hair-spring" arm that goes up every time a volunteer is needed. "My wife and I are avid community supporters and like to help out." In the lobby of the Theatre Building is a plaque recognizing the Skeffs' contribution. "I was very flattered to see the plaque by the door. We didn't do it for that reason," Ray said.

"The Little Match Girl", opens Friday, December 3. Newman cautions parents to remind their children the play is all pretend and make-believe. Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19. Phone orders will be second priority to walk-up reservations on this date.

"The Little Match Girl", opens at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, and performs again that night at 7:30 p.m. It also plays at 7:30 p.m. December 10 and 11, on the Main Stage; with 2 p.m. matinees on December 11, and 12. Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19, and can be reserved in person, at the box office, or by calling 719-587-TIXX. Tickets are $10 for general public, $8 for seniors and students, $6 for children 12 and under, and free to Associated Students and Faculty.

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