The Little Drummer Boy

Written by Niki Knippenberg

The Little Drummer Boy

It never quite feels like the holidays until I’m sitting in a darkened auditorium waiting for the curtain to rise on the story of a star, the three wise men who followed it, and the baby in a manger it lead to.

Attending a Nativity play is an annual tradition in my family, so I always appreciate a fresh, imaginative approach to the Christmas story. That’s exactly what Director Siobhan Brumbelow delivers in Elm Street Cultural Arts Village’s original musical, “The Little Drummer Boy.”

With Harry Simeone’s Christmas song as inspiration, Gay Lora Grooms, playwright and Elm Street’s artistic director, intertwines the story of Jesus’ birth with another first century family’s journey to Bethlehem. Daniel, a spirited boy who dreams of drumming, and his friend Sarah, who attempts to keep him in check, are a delightful and lighthearted addition to the tale you know so well. Through his journey, Daniel discovers that each of us, no matter how young or poor, have something to offer — even if it’s just a simple song on a homemade drum.

“The Little Drummer Boy” is a joyous, family-friendly show, filled with laughter and well-loved carols. Don’t miss this gentle reminder of the reason for the season and the chance to support Northside arts. You can catch “Drummer Boy” on Dec. 15 & 22 at 2 p.m., and if you bring a can of chunky soup, stew, chili or a jar of peanut butter (to benefit Papa’s Pantry), you’ll get a complimentary beverage at intermission.