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The Forgotten Carols Will Be Performed at Cottonwood High School

S. F. Mori

It is a Christmas tradition for many in the Salt Lake Valley
The Forgotten Carols ShowImage from the website

The Forgotten Carols is a stage production based on the book of the same name by Michael McLean. The book and show have become a Christmas tradition for many people in the Salt Lake Valley.

The public is invited to join the cast of The Forgotten Carols as they perform for the 30th anniversary of this popular Christmas show. It will be held at the Cottonwood High School located at 5726 South 1300 East in Murray. Performances will be at 7:30 pm on December 15, 16, 17, 18, and 20 with a matinee performance on Saturday, the 18th.

The show will also be performed in Orem on December 13 and in Ogden on December 22. There was a sold out performance in Tooele held on November 29.

Synopsis of the show
Touring since 1991, this timeless Christmas tradition brings to life the story of Constance Louise Chamberlain, a nurse who hasn’t laughed or cried in over 30 years. But that all changes when she meets, and cares for, a homeless man with dementia (Uncle John, as he likes to be called) who insists he’s been alive for over two thousand years. Uncle John recounts the story of Christ’s birth through these Forgotten Carols sung from the perspective of his “friends” the Inn Keeper, a Shepherd, Handel and others, taking Connie Lou on a life-altering journey. As Uncle John struggles to remember all the reasons why he feels compelled to share these unknown carols with his nurse, she discovers what her heart has forgotten about the true power and meaning of Christmas!
This year's Cast
Michael McLean (the Narrator)
Michael Young (Uncle John)
Adrien Swenson (Connie Lou)
Gili Getz (Dr. Halifax)
TBA (Mr. Rutherford, Uncle Ted and James Chamberlain)
Christy Summerhays (Lily Chamberlain)
Kyle Olsen (the Inn Keeper and featured vocalist)
Lynne McLean (as Sarah)
Christmas Tree(Image is author's)

A little background on Michael McLean.
McLean attended high school in the Chicago area. He was the only Latter-day Saint in his graduating class, but managed to serve as student body president, as well as performing in the school's production of "The Music Man."
McLean served a mission in South Africa. After returning from his mission, he formed a band. They performed at the bottom of the club circuit, but never got a break. While a student at Brigham Young University, he took a music theory class in which he received a C and was told that he did not have what it would take to make it in music professionally.
After this, McLean went to the University of Utah. He took a weekly composition class with Merrill Bradshaw. He then did some writing of music for local commercials in Salt Lake City and made some headway at this. [From]

There have been some changes to the cast for the 2021 show. Michael McLean will not play the part of Uncle John due to health issues. Michael Young, a seasoned actor in television and stage, will play the part of Uncle John. Kyle Olsen will return as the featured vocalist. The other actors remain the same as last year.

The show is two hours and twenty minutes with an intermission. It is not recommended for children under five although it is a family event for those five and older.

Organizer of The Forgotten Carols in Salt Lake City is Shining Star Entertainment.

If you are looking for something meaningful and entertaining to do for the Christmas holidays, getting tickets for The Forgotten Carols is recommended. It will be time well spent.

[Reference and for ticket sales -- or at eventbrite]

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