Story Time

When you strip away the jingles, the barrage of products and the unrelenting shopping blitz, the holidays are basically about nostalgia — our memories of childhood and our need to recapture that more innocent time. And that’s really one of the only reasons we endure what the holidays actually are, which is just stressful and irritating.

And if it’s nostalgia we seek, story readings are a perfect choice. “It’s a funny thing to describe,” says Anthony Powell, artistic director of Stories on Stage, a monthly endeavor during which actors read stories on stage. “Because it’s like, you’re going to buy a ticket and we’re going to read you a story. And people are like, ‘Well, I can read.’”

Still, there is something different, Powell asserts — and something more special — about the way we engage a story when it’s read aloud, something that harks back to the dawn of humanity. Or maybe just to our parents reading to us when we were kids. Either way, it’s hard to think of a better time to see Stories on Stage than today’s Making Merry, which features fare from humor to heartstring-pullers. Sentimentality bonus: The performance wraps up with cookies and milk.

Shows are at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. in the Seawell Ballroom in the Denver Performing Arts Complex; tickets run $25. To purchase yours or find more information, call 303-494-0523 or visit
Sun., Dec. 12, 1:30 p.m., 2010

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Jef Otte
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