‘The Christmas Shoes’: a touching Christmas musical
LAST SUNDAY, Dec 22, I went to a Christmas musical called ‘The Christmas Shoes’, a theatrical drama scripted by the author of the book of the same name, Donna Van Liere.
The tickets were priced at RM50, RM25 and RM10, and wanting to get a clearer view of the show, I bought myself the RM50 ticket which happened to be the most rewarding choice.
The musical follows the lives of two families: the Laytons, who are well-to-do and yet still lack something in their lives and the Andrews, who may be down-on-their-luck and yet have each other.
Robert Layton is the main protagonist in this drama. He is a successful attorney but because of his single-minded focus on his professional life and the material, he is close to losing his marriage and his family.
On the other side of the coin is Natalie, an eight-year-old girl who is losing her beloved mother, Maggie, to cancer. Although they have little in terms of material riches, they have a loving home.
A chance meeting on Christmas Eve brings Robert and Natalie together as the former is racing to do some last-minute Christmas shopping and Natalie is shopping to buy a pair of shoes for her mother.
In that particular meeting, Natalie who wanted so much to buy those shoes for her mother, leaves the shop disappointed because she can’t afford the shoes.
The scene was very touching for me. Although Natalie lacks money she has a big, lovely heart and always wants to make her sick mother happy.
The detached Robert who meets Natalie learns about her poor background and her reason for buying the shoes. He is moved by the sadness in Natalie’s eyes and wants to help her. He buys the shoes for her, and Natalie, upon receiving the shoes from Robert, hugs him out of gratefulness and wishes him a Merry Christmas.
From that moment, Robert realises how meaningful it is to love someone who has always been there in times of joy and grief, his family, and how mean he has been for not loving them or treating them the way that they deserve to be treated.
The message behind the musical is pretty clear. It is to change people’s hearts, restore relationship in families, heal marriages, and most importantly increase faith.
I was rather moved by the significance of the plot when I realised that no matter how successful someone is, there will always be something that they are missing in their lives, and it is very important to realise the significance behind the act of giving and receiving love and affection before it is too late.
The musical taught me lots of lessons especially in appreciating my family more, and I would love to watch it again.
The musical was held at St. Joseph’s Grand Hall, Archdiocesan Curia & Cathedral Pastoral Centre, the new building installment of St. Joseph’s church in Kuching, which was organised by the Parish Council of St. Joseph’s Cathedral and directed by the Empowered Ministry in collaboration with various liturgical groups and lay organisations.
During this joyous season, I would like to wish all a blessed Christmas and remember, Christmas is the time to rekindle and deepen every relationship with loved ones as we celebrate the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!