‘The Littlest Angel’ Comes to the Towngate Theatre Stage in Wheeling
WHEELING — This classic Christmas story of a little angel who is transformed from a celestial pest to the toast of the Heavenly Host comes to life onstage at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre. The inspirational musical “The Littlest Angel” opens tonight, Friday, Dec. 6, and will be staged for two weekends — Dec. 6-8 and Dec. 13 and 14.
Filled with melody and mirth, the story follows the adventures-and misadventures-of heaven’s youngest angel. Her singing is atrocious; her halo is always crooked; she’s a bit of a pest to the older angels and she’s never on time. But she’s trying her best to become a full-fledged angel and ultimately prove her worthiness.
Other endearing characters include the irascible, yet lovable, Gatekeeper, the sympathetic Understanding Angel, the harried Heavenly Messenger and, of course, the Celestial Choir.
The charming score includes the engaging solos “Homesick” and “My Gift,” the enchanting duet, “The Little Things,” a variety of ensemble numbers ranging from the humorous “Have You Met the Littlest Angel?” to the triumphant “Sound the Harp and Horn!” and, finally, the heavenly title song “The Littlest Angel.” Towngate music director Lakin Weaver is the accompanist.
Towngate’s P.D. Gregg directs a talented ensemble of local actors. Cast members are Evan Oslund, McKenna Halicky, Kelsey Ohler, Justin Swoyer, Logan Gillotte, Sarah Hamilton, Taylor Broadwater, Meghan Ross, Justin Swoyer, Josie Figaretti, Taylor Andrews, Anna Contraguerro, Gailya Dodd, Lliam Gerney, Patricia “Pitter Pat” Jeffers, Gianna Landis, Claire McFadden, Jana Lu Schodzinski, Clare Seibert and Ayden Swoyer.
Gregg said “The Littlest Angel” is a family-friendly production that includes a “timely message of inclusion and second chances.”
The production is a true community effort with volunteer actors sharing their time and talents and area businesses providing financial and in-kind support. Unified Bank serves as corporate sponsor for Towngate’s entire season of community theater. Macy’s provided additional support for the holiday productions.
Towngate is the premiere venue for community theater in Wheeling, providing an intimate theater experience with talented local actors performing in a variety of though-provoking, heartwarming, comedic and historically significant works from renowned playwrights and talented newcomers.
A church-turned-theater, Towngate is located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market District and serves as an entertainment destination for residents of Wheeling, the Upper Ohio Valley and beyond. In addition to community theater, Towngate also offers poetry and spoken word performances, children’s theater, ballet, improvisational comedy and live music. Towngate is also a single screen cinema and features changing art exhibitions in The Gallery at Towngate. Theater classes for children and adults are also offered year-round.
Evening performances of “The Littlest Angel” take place at 7 p.m. Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 13-14. A matinee performance takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.
Tickets for this show or any Towngate show can be purchased in advance at www.oionline.com or by calling 304-242-7700. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, if available, but some shows will sell out.