"An Irish Christmas" features lively dance and great storytelling. Five performances are scheduled at Three Stages, Nov. 29 through Dec. 1. Courtesy photo

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The triumphant return of “An Irish Christmas”

By From page B1 | November 21, 2012

FOLSOM — After not one, but two sold-out shows at Three Stages last December, the return of “An Irish Christmas” to Folsom was all but guaranteed. Here for five shows is a celebration of Christmas in Ireland, with glorious music, traditional dance, lively storytelling, and plenty of Irish soul.

Featuring Riverdance star Kevin Horton and Magic of the Dance stars Ciaran Maguire (who debuted in Riverdance at the age of 16) and Collette Dunne, (winner of the 1999 All Ireland Championships), An Irish Christmas is “… music, dance, and song that leaves everyone breathless.” (The Village News).

In addition to the star power featured in the show, the Kerry Trad Orchestra — a five-piece ensemble on fidil, uilleann pipes, button accordion, bodhran and guitar — and a host of actors and singers celebrate the rich traditions of Ireland. From butter-making (a cottage industry in Ireland, and an important part of the household economy), “Straw Boys” (ancient tradition of acting out old stories and songs had the men dressing in disguise and using stylized straw hats to hide their faces), the “brush dance” (a dance performed with a brush or  broom; the women doing their daily housework would drop their brooms and break into dance as a welcome respite from their work, or it was a friendly, competitive dance between men and women), or many others, the roots of “An Irish Christmas” run deep.

“An Irish Christmas” will perform five shows in Three Stages at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29; 4 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30; and 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. Tickets are $25 to $39, with premium tickets at $49 and children’s tickets $20. Purchase tickets online at threestages.net or from Three Stages ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Three Stages is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.

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