Firebird Theatre is proud to present their Annual Holiday Revue, featuring two delightful holiday themed one-act musical comedies sure to entertain the entire family. Our double feature event includes two one-act musicals: Annie JR and T’was the Week After Christmas, which are performed by the very talented local young actors of Firebird Theatre Company, ages 7-18.
In Annie JR, the irrepressible comic strip heroine takes center . . .
Directed by Gillian Armstrong. US. 1994. 8+. 1 hour 58 minutes. Sony. Digital.
Based on Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel, Little Women tells the story of the four March sisters: Meg (Trini Alvarado) the eldest sibling and surrogate parent, Jo (Winona Ryder) an aspiring writer, Beth (Claire Danes) a pianist and a kind soul, and Amy (Kirsten Dunst and Samantha Mathis) the quick-witted youngest. Set during and after the Civil War, this adaptation of the classic tale hits all the right . . .
Directed by Bob Clark. US. 1983. 6+. 1 hour 38 minutes. Warner. Digital.
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The holidays aren’t complete without a screening of this classic comedy. All nine-year-old Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing which tells time. But his request for the toy is met with the same warning from his mom, his teacher and Santa: “You’ll shoot your . . .
Directed by Stanley Kramer. US. 1963. 8+. 2 hours 39 minutes. MGM. Digital.
Comedies don’t get any bigger or funnier than this epic! When mortally-wounded criminal “Smiler” Grogan (Jimmy Durante) reveals the mysterious location of $350,000 in stolen loot to five motorists (Sid Caesar, Jonathan Winters, Milton Berle, Mickey Rooney and Buddy Hackett), he unwittingly sets off a statewide race to find the buried booty. But Grogan’s old nemesis Captain T.G. Culpeper (Spencer Tracy) is keeping a close . . .
Directed by Richard Lester. UK. 1964. 8+. 1 hour 27 minutes. Janus. Digital.
Here’s a sure-fire cure for the winter blues: spend an afternoon with the Fab Four! Originally released at the height of Beatlemania, A Hard Day’s Night retains its popularity thanks to a witty script, clever direction, the boys’ charisma, and of course, timeless songs like Can’t Buy Me Love, If I Fell, I’m Happy Just to Dance with You, and the title tune. Now, fifty . . .
Directed by Robert Wise. US. 1965. 6+. 2 hours 54 minutes. Fox. Digital.
After proving herself a bona fide Broadway star, Julie Andrews cemented her reputation as a silver screen sensation with this magnificent musical! Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, the film adaptation of the hit play tells the story of a young governess (Andrews) who brings love and music into the home of windowed Austrian naval hero Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) and his seven children. Spotlighting unforgettable music . . .
Directed by James Frawley. US. 1979. 6+. 1 hour 35 minutes. Universal. Digital.
Musical comedies get the Muppet treatment with the hilarious origin story of the world’s most unusual theatrical troupe! Before he became a big star, Kermit the Frog (Henson) was a humble banjo-playing amphibian who dreamed of leaving the swamp for Hollywood. Encouraged by a visiting agent (Dom DeLuise), Kermit sets out on the road to Tinsel Town. Along the way he befriends struggling comic Fozzie the Bear (Frank . . .
Directed by Stephen Daldry. UK. 2000. 12+. 1 hour 50 minutes. Universal. Digital.
While attending his weekly boxing lessons, 11-year-old Billy Elliot (Jamie Bell) wanders into a ballet class taught by burned out instructor Mrs. Wilkinson (Julie Walters). Recognizing talent in Billy, the now-invigorated instructor grooms her reluctant pupil for greatness. But as Billy begins to see his own potential and embrace his newfound passion for dance, his coal miner dad (Gary Lewis) voices his dismay. An inspiring and uplifting . . .
Directed by Harold Ramis. US. 1993. 11+. 1 hour 41 minutes. Sony. Digital.
It’s hard to believe that Harold Ramis’ cosmic comic masterpiece turns 25 this year. It seems like only yesterday since it was released. When vain, arrogant and selfish Pittsburgh weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray in his greatest role) is dispatched to Punxsutawney, PA to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities, he believes it’s just a simple, one-day assignment and career stepping stone to the big leagues of . . .
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Japan. 1988. 5+. 1 hour 26 minutes. GKids. Digital.
From acclaimed director Hayao Miazaki, comes this popular animated tale concerning a pair of sisters simultaneously coping with a move to a new house and an ailing mother who’s confined to the hospital. Not long after their arrival, the girls begin to explore their new surroundings. While wandering the nearby forest, they make the acquaintance of giant cuddly creature known as Totoro. Memorable and magical, My Neighbor Totoro is . . .
Directed by Lasse Hallestrom. US. 1993. 14+. 1 hour 58 minutes. Paramount. 35mm.
Grocery clerk Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp) has his hands full. Since his father’s death, Gilbert’s mother lives in a depressed and reclusive state which leaves him as the family’s sole breadwinner and chief caretaker of his impaired younger brother Arnie (Leonardo DiCaprio). When Becky (Juliette Lewis), a care-free stranger, moves to town, Gilbert falls in love. But will his family struggles overcome his dreams of finding . . .
Directed by David Bowers. UK. 2006. 5+. 1 hour 25 minutes. Fox. Digital.
From the makers of Wallace & Gromit, comes this delightful animated adventure! When he’s accidentally flushed into the sewer, rich rat Roddy (voiced by Hugh Jackman) is thrust out of his posh lifestyle and into the rough-and-tumble world of Ratropolis. Now, Roddy must make his way back home with the help of Rita (voiced by Kate Winslet), a street smart scavenger rat. This fun and funny film . . .
Directed by Steve Zaillian. US. 1993. 8+. 1 hour 49 minutes. Paramount. DVD.
Is winning the only thing that matters? That’s the one of the many questions this insightful, charming true-life story asks children and parents. When sportswriter Fred Waitzkin’s (Joe Mantegna) seven-year-old son Josh (Max Pomeranc) shows a rare gift for chess, he encourages his son’s talents. At first, Max learns from a Washington Square Park player named Vinnie (Laurence Fishburne) but then a renowned chess . . .
Directed by John Hughes. US. 1985. 14+. 1 hour 37 minutes. Universal. Digital.
On Saturday, March 24, 1984, five vastly different high-school students (wrestler Emilio Estevez, prom queen Molly Ringwald, overachiever Anthony Michael Hall, rebel Judd Nelson and outcast Ally Sheedy) must endure a day-long, in-school detention under the supervision of an arrogant assistant principal (Paul Gleason). Although uncaring and mean-spirited to each other at first, the five teens begin to share their stories as the day drags on . . .
Directed by Steven Spielberg. US. 1982. 6+. 1 hour 55 minutes. Universal. Digital.
What can we say about this blockbuster family favorite that hasn’t already been said? Thirty-five years after its original release, Steven Spielberg’s heartwarming and awe-inspiring tale of a lonely boy (Henry Thomas) who befriends an alien stranded on Earth continues to make audiences laugh, cry and be full of wonder. Bring the whole family and experience E.T. the way it was meant to be seen . . .