GSC’s Youth Acting Workshop’s Holiday Delights is a year-end showcase of student talent from YAW’s Winter, Summer and Fall Workshops, and features a cast of 35-40 student actors and a crew of 6-8 student technical interns whose ages range from 6 to 19 years old. Any student who completed a class session during the calendar year of the production is invited to join the cast. Holiday Delights affords the YAW students an opportunity to collaborate harmoniously on a professionally-run, large-scale theater project resulting in a four-performance run at the Gorton Theater, home of the Gloucester Stage Company. The students are performing before a live audience of up to 190 patrons. Conceived and directed by YAW’s program director, Heidi J. Dallin, this festive evening of stories, songs and dance recounts the special traditions that other cultures and families experience as seen through one young girl’s magical journey on Christmas Eve. During her Christmas Eve journey the young girl learns about the special traditions of other families and comes to realize the importance of her own family traditions. This family holiday event marks the fifth time in Gloucester Stage history that a production has featured an entire cast of student actors from the Youth Program. First produced in 2007, Holiday Delights has proven to be an audience favorite, and has provided a nurturing and creative environment in the areas of stage performance, stagecraft and arts administration for YAW students.

During the 2013 Workshops students learned sign language, magic and costume design. All these elements were displayed in the 2013 edition of Holiday Delights which was presented on December 13, 14, and 15, 2013.In previous YAW sessions students learned set design, prop construction, music and dance. All these elements continue to be components of the Holiday Delights production each year. The set pieces and props the students designed and built are used each year in the production. The student actors also receive instruction in interview preparation and in the past, have participated in promoting the production by making appearances on Cape Ann TV, Fox TV, North Shore 104.9 FM, Good Morning Gloucester and at local Rotary Clubs as well as participate in print interviews. Synopsis The 2013 edition of Holiday Delights featured the all new journey of a young girl who discovers the spirit and the joys of the holiday season as she faces the prospect of leaving her beloved hometown of Gloucester and moving with her family to a new home in Michigan. During her Christmas Eve travels with Mrs. Claus and the elves, she joins an Egyptian Christmas celebration, celebrates Hanukkah, travels back in time to turn of the century Gloucester to see her Italian Irish ancestors celebrate the holidays and meets famous literary characters including The Cratchit Family and the Fezziwig Family from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and the March Sisters from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Student performers relying on the proficient training received from participating in past YAW Programs enacted famous scenes using excerpts from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women in addition to original scenes written especially for the 2013 production. The young actors bring the original and classic stories to life on stage with a fresh perspective. Many actors play multiple roles in the production to bring all the stories to life. The show has over 100 costume changes and the production is further embellished by dance routines that introduce the actors to ballet, jazz, folkdance with partners, a traditional Hebrew dance, Irish step dancing and a traditional Egyptian dance using finger cymbals as well as vocal performances of Deck The Halls, Here We Go A Caroling, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Angels We Have Heard On High, and other traditional holiday music performed by the cast.