BURLEY – The Forgotten Carols, a holiday season tradition marking its 26th year of consecutive performances, is coming to Burley on Nov. 28. The performance starts at 7:30 at the King Fine Arts Center.
This year signals the largest run of performances, with 22 performances covering 13 cities in six western states. For a list of locations and to buy tickets, visit www.forgottencarols.com.
Michael McLean, a well-known performer, composer, songwriter, author and director initially developed The Forgotten Carols as solely a theme-driven album of new Christmas music. But he soon realized he needed a story to connect all the songs together. McLean wrote the interweaving story of a nurse named Connie Lou who cares for John, an elderly patient who shares the songs about those people he claims to have lived with 2,000 years ago. For his initial performances, McLean played all the parts to give people a sense of how families could present the narration at home hoping it would become a tradition for families.
Over the years, McLean’s modest one-man show has evolved into a large theatrical production performed for more than a million people throughout the world. The show has been presented throughout the United States and the world, including shows in Ireland, Germany, England and even Ukraine.
Unlike most professional touring theatrical groups, each year local community and student choirs are invited to perform alongside the professional Forgotten Carol company members during the concerts in their cities.