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"Ken Ludwig's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas"

"Ken Ludwig's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas" runs through Dec. 31.

Emerald City Theatre and Broadway in Chicago have teamed up to present the holiday production "Ken Ludwig's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

The show continues through Dec. 31 at Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place in Chicago.

"The play has a really good message for kids," said Kirra Silver, who stars as Emily in the family production. "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," directed by Jacqueline Stone, revolves around a group of characters who assist in finding Santa's Christmas list naming those who were "Naughty or Nice." They bond together to save Christmas.

The overall message of the humorous play makes reference to the "non-material aspect of Christmas," Silver said.

This holiday show is only Silver's second time working in an Emerald City Theatre production.

"The cast is fun and the kids are so responsive," she said about "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

Ludwig's take on the famous holiday poem offers various hilarious scenes, mistaken identities and fun situations sure to draw the family audience into the action.

Silver said working with Emerald City Theatre is a rewarding experience.

"They're a very nurturing group," Silver said about ECT. The actress said if theater personnel like your work, they'll often recommend you for other projects. Emerald City Theatre is a nonprofit theater company geared toward kids up to 15 years old. Its theatrical mission revolves around artistic aspects, education and outreach.

Silver, who hails from New York, said she was interested in the arts as a kid. Her parents exposed her to the theater world. The actress has called Chicago home for the past five years.

"I really like the Chicago theater scene," Silver said. "There are a lot more opportunities here (for me) than in New York."

FYI: "Ken Ludwig's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas" continues through Dec. 16 at Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St., Chicago. Tickets are $17.50 to $32. Call 800-775-2000 or visit


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Eloise is A&E Editor and a food, entertainment and features writer for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.