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HCC’s Arts Collective Presents Truman Capote’s “Holiday Memories” Dec. 7–10 for Ages 8 and Up

Donate a Children’s Book and Receive a Free Intermission Treat!
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Columbia, MD – Howard Community College’s (HCC) Arts Collective continues its 23rd season with “Holiday Memories,” adapted for the stage by Russell Vandenbroucke, from Truman Capote’s favorite holiday stories, “The Thanksgiving Visitor” and “A Christmas Memory.” The production will take place December 7-10, in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center’s (HVPA) Studio Theatre.

Arts Collective invites audiences to follow the poignant, true-life adventures of Capote as a young boy during one holiday season in the 1930s’ American South. In the nostalgic style and spirit of fireside chats, Arts Collective, under the direction of Susan Kramer, plays with light and shadow, live music, and a cast of students, alumni, staff, faculty, and community artists to bring these heart-warming stories to life. 


A holiday classic from "one of the greatest writers and most fascinating society figures in American history" (Vanity Fair).

“Holiday Memories” includes Truman’s most celebrated holiday stories, “The Thanksgiving Visitor” and “A Christmas Memory,” which center on seven-year-old Truman’s experiences with his family of distant relatives in rural Alabama, especially as they portray a loving tribute to his young-at-heart cousin, Miss Sook. It is an unforgettable portrait of these dear, unlikely friends, and their beloved holiday rituals. 

Free Intermission Treat in Exchange for Donating a Children’s Book: Get into the wonderful spirit of the season by bringing to the show a new or gently used hard-cover children’s picture book (suitable for infants to five years old), which will be donated to Howard Community College’s Children’s Learning Center “Library for Little Readers,” and receive a free treat at intermission, courtesy of Arts Collective!

Performances will take place on Thursday, December 7 and Friday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 9 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 10 at 3 p.m. in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center’s Studio Theatre, located at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland 21044. There will be a special post-show discussion following the Sunday, December 10 performance. Parental guidance note: Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, and $10 for students, seniors, faculty, staff, and military. For tickets, visit or call 443-518-1500. The box office will also be open 90 minutes prior to each show time and Tuesday-Friday, 12-5 p.m.

  • Photographer: Bruce Press
  • Top Row, left to right: Denée Barr, Nsikan Akpan, Colin Riley, Daniel Johnston
  • Middle Row, left to right: Chris Sisson, Bruce Leipold, Alexander Stephanos, Valerie Lash, Chania Hudson
  • Bottom Row: Zoey Wexler
  • Truman: Bruce Leipold
  • Miss Sook Falk: Valerie Lash
  • Buddy: Alexander Stephanos
  • Ensemble: Nsikan Akpan, Denée Barr, Chania Hudson, Daniel Johnston, Colin Riley, Zoey Wexler
  • Musician: Chris Sisson
  • Director: S. G. Kramer
  • Assistant Director: Daniel Johnston
  • Light Design/Set Concept: Andrew M. Haag, Jr.
  • Props Design/Set Concept: Emma K. McDonnell
  • Assistant Props Design/ Dialect Coach: Chania Hudson
  • Costume Design: Daniel Johnston
  • Music and Sound Design: Chris Sisson
  • Stage Combat/ Movement Coach: Gavin Shown
  • Sound Engineer: Matt Straka
  • Rehearsal Stage Manager: Chania Hudson
  • Production Stage Manager: Lacy Hall
  • Production Assistant: Michael Schreibstein
About HCC’s Arts Collective

Howard Community College's critically acclaimed Arts Collective engages performers, creatives, and audiences with innovative events that ignite our collective imaginations. For over two decades, Arts Collective has served as a creative cauldron, providing expert guidance and training to new and experienced artists in bringing vibrant life to diverse works on the stage; from the newly devised to the classics and all in between.  Arts Collective’s positive, collaborative, educational environment is open to everyone. Join us in creating new heights of learning and possibility. Ignite your imagination!

Topics: Arts & Culture
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