During the NRB Film & Entertainment Summit at Proclaim 17, attendees were introduced to Christmas Dreams, a musical re-imagining of two holiday icons coming together in a tale about what it truly means to give, and how dreams really can come true.
In the movie, subtitled “The Little Drummer Boy Meets The Nutcracker,” a poor but talented Little Drummer Boy seeks to win the friendship of the Pretty Girl he knows from the playground. Bedeviled by the Pretty Girl’s Bratty Brother and watched over by the magical village Toymaker, the Little Drummer Boy dreams an enchanted Christmastime world. Fantastically, the Pretty Girl shares the same dreamscape with the Little Drummer Boy and imagines her own adventure. Wakening on Christmas Day, the kids bring their families together to share their greatest gifts with each other, realizing that it is truly greater to give than to receive.
“The theme of Christmas Dreams, the movie, is [that] our true joy comes from giving that which we value the most. That’s the lesson that our two young people in Christmas Dreams [learn],” shared Gene Foehl, one of the producers behind Christmas Dreams, during the NRB Film & Entertainment Summit on March 1.
“It’s a marrying of two Christmas icons – the Little Drummer Boy and Clara [of] The Nutcracker – as they go through adventure after adventure learning about Christian love, and then learning what they finally learn at the end – and that is: the most important thing is that which they sought, or thought they sought, the true joy came from giving it to each other,” he continued.
Filled with humanity, pageantry, sentiment, and humor, Christmas Dreams is entirely and wordlessly told through color, movement, and dance. The movie features a score created from traditional favorites by composer Michael Rapp (Rasputin, Masters of the Universe) and direction by Andrew Repasky McElhinney (A Chronicle of Corpses, Animal Husbandry).
According to Foehl, efforts will be made to reach out to churches nationwide to consider using the Christmas Dreams movie and study guide in their Sunday school classes and youth groups, and to consider offering a live show in their churches and communities.
Plans for a live stage version of Christmas Dreams at the professional level are also being considered.
To view the movie’s two trailers and sample its soundtrack, visit christmasdreamsthemovie.com.
By NRB Staff
Published: March 23, 2017