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Duluth resident to perform Christmas show

DULUTH - Curt Cloninger is a solo theatrical performer who once needed a Christmas show to add to his repertoire. That addition came in the form of seven monologues from the perspectives of historical and fictional characters intertwined with the story of the birth of Jesus.

Cloninger will perform "Celebrate the Child" at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Red Clay Theatre and Arts Center in Duluth.

The Duluth resident has performed the show for several years around the United States, north into Canada and even overseas.

The seven characters Cloninger will present include the carpenter Joseph, who has what Cloninger calls a "man-to-man" talk with baby Jesus; a fictional character whose son sings at Jesus' manger; and a father grieving the death of his son at the hands of King Herod, who ordered the killing of all young boys two years old and younger in an attempt to kill the promised king of the Jews, according to the Gospel of Matthew.

"I added that because it's a part of the story that hardly ever gets talked about," Cloninger said.

Cloninger's friend and fellow Duluth resident Pam Hamilton will perform traditional carols interspersed with the monologues, and audiences will be invited to join in on a few of the songs.

"(Audiences) will walk away with, I think, a better sense of wonder about the birth of Jesus, but also a sort of fleshed out view of some of the characters involved," Cloninger said of "Celebrate the Child." "(The show is) a very entertaining look at a very familiar historical event."

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What: "Celebrate the Child"

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday

Where: Red Clay Theatre and Arts Center, 3116 Main St., Duluth

Cost: $15

For more information: Visit www.curtcloninger.com