Saint George and the Dragon premieres in Raleigh, December 20-22

hiSTORYstage debuts a new version of the traditional English folk play, Saint George and the Dragon, 12/20 – 12/22 at Burning Coal Theatre (224 Polk Street, Raleigh, NC). Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 pm and Saturday at 2pm.
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Nov. 27, 2012 - PRLog -- Historic Interpretations, Inc. presents

Saint George and the Dragon

At the sound of the trumpet, and the beat of the drum,
Make way, brave gentlemen, and let the actors come!

hiSTORYstage, the theatrical performance company of Historic Interpretations, Inc., debuts a new version of the traditional English Christmas folk play, Saint George and the Dragon.  The production will run December 20 – 22, 2012 in the Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphey School  (224 Polk Street, Raleigh, NC). Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 pm  and Saturday at 2pm.   Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for seniors, students, and children.  For reservations, call 1-800-838-3006 or visit  For more information, please call 919-339-1558.

Saint George and the Dragon
Our new version combines original text drawn from surviving manuscripts, woven together with other bits folk legends, and parts of medieval Christmas plays to create a charming retelling of Saint George’s romantic and heroic escapades battling knights and the Dragon to win the hand of England’s princess.  You'll travel back in time to the Christmas celebrations of long-ago, which begin with a parade of characters.  You'll witness miraculous medical practitioners who believe they can cure all ailments, and see Father Christmas preside over exaggerated sword and shield battles, Christmas Carols, madrigal songs, court dances, and,of course, a happy ending.  

Told in the traditional rhymed dialogue used in the ancient plays, our story features updated language and comedy for modern audiences of all ages.

Following the show, guests are invited to meet Father Christmas in the lobby.

The Directors

Jeremy David Clos
, president of Historic Interpretations, directs Saint George and the Dragon with the assistance of Jaclyn Bell, Heather Strickland and Jason Bailey.   Jeremy has had a lifelong love of the stage, having first appeared onstage (at the age of 4) in the House at Pooh Corner at the Washington Opera House in Maysville, KY.  He recently spent many happy years designing costumes for Bare Theatre and other triangle companies, while serving as the Entertainment Director of the North Carolina Renaissance Faire.   Previously,he also served as the director of the Youth Theatre Program of the Arts Council of Fuquay-Varina.  Jaclyn Bell (Music Director) directed Historic Interpretations' production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in Durham, NC.  and just completed her Masters in Instructional Technology from NC State University to support her work with the William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation.   Heather Strickland (Fight Director) is the Artistic Director of Bare Theatre and a member of the Society of American Fight Directors.  Jason Bailey (Fight Director) frequently appears in the productions of Bare Theatre and will be a familiar face to Triangle audiences.

The Cast

Clint Leinau
(Saint George) recently appeared as Brom Bones in the Historic Interpretations’ Van Tassel Harvest Ball, and is currently an afterschool counselor at North Chatham Elementary.  Tom Stevens (Father Christmas) most recently appeared as ‘Old’ Brouwer in the Van Tassel Harvest Ball: A Sleepy Hollow Masquerade.  Jaclyn Bell (Maid Molly) just completed her Masters in Instructional Technology from NC State University to support her work with the William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation.  Carlie Huberman (Princess Holly) performs and teaches circus aerial acrobatics in down town Raleigh at Cirque De Vol.  Stephanie Rinehart (Princess Ivy) most recently appeared in Raleigh Little Theater’s The Man Who Came to Dinner (2011), and Historic Interpretations’ short film Let Tyrants Fear (2011).  Miles Snow (Captain Slasher) recently  appeared in American Theatre South’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire in Wilson.  Alejandro Anaya (The Dark Prince of Paradine, Dame Dolly) joins the cast after recently presenting an award-winning performance at Animazement.   J.R. Aiello (The Egyptian Knight) wrote, directed, and edited the upcoming Historic Interpretations film Let Tyrants Fear.  Stephen Clos (King Alfred) appears throughout the triangle with the Encore Singers. Victoria Deese (Queen Elizabeth) is a veterinarian, wife and mother with an endless flair for the dramatic.  Jorge Ivan Santos (John Finney) performed in various college productions, several of his own original one-act plays, and short films.  Emilie Coleman (Bessy Brown) is currently a high school student that enjoys doing theater, community service, and volunteer work.  Ashley Clos (Kate Cooper) is a graduate of Meredith College Bachelor of Science degree with a minor in music.  Fiona Dunn (Dotty Donne, Musician) is a musician, seamstress, writer, and artist attending her senior year of high school at Broughton High School.  Joseph Supple (The Dragon, Thomas Thrasher), Jordyn Ballentine (Annie Asket), and Sarah Schmitt (The Doctor) round out the cast.

For further information, please contact Historic Interpretations director, Jeremy Clos, at 919-339-1558 or visit our website at
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