Christmas is a time for carolers, colorful lights and toys under the tree. But for little Mia Dupont, 6, and sister Evelyn, 8, it's less about what toys they’ll get and more about the ones they’re going to be.
Following in their 9-year-old brother Eli’s footsteps, the Dupont children are fast becoming a family of actors. This year, the sisters will dress up as a toy ballerina and a baby doll to take part in the Christian Youth Theater’s 20th annual Traditions of Christmas.
“They’re really excited about all of the costumes they’ve tried on,” said their mother, Patti Dupont, whose family of six is stationed in Poway for her husband's Air Force service. She added that youngest son Eddie, 4, looks forward to getting involved in some way next year.
The girls have already put in countless hours of rehearsal for the production, which incorporates 150 people throughout San Diego County in its cast, crew and orchestra.
Production officials say Traditions of Christmas offers a musical journey of holiday traditions from around the world ranging from Rockette-style kick-line dancers to musical ensembles like Feliz Navidad, Hanukkah, Melekalikimaka and Santa Baby. There also will be a salute to military and USO.
The production, which echoes the feel of an old-time variety show, was inspired by the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York’s Rockefeller Center. Though it has evolved over the years, officials say the one thing that has remained unchanged is the nativity scene, which includes live donkeys, camels and sheep.
“From what I’ve seen, it just kind of gets us in the mood for Christmas and the holidays,” Dupont said. “I like that it has the Christian part of it. They also have Santa, elves — it’s like everything you can think about for Christmas all put together into one show.”
Traditions of Christmas begins Thursday, Dec. 13. For showtimes, dates and tickets, click here.