Theatre Horizon, Norristown, Blends Holiday Program with Reunion of Stellar Cast from ‘The Color Purple’

The Color Purple cast member singing in front of little lights
Image via Daniel Kontz.
Jessica Johnson

Norristown’s Theatre Horizon is celebrating the season at its annual holiday concerts, Dec. 9–11, with an interesting (and talented) twist.

The 2022 edition’s creator-director is Barrymore Award-winning performer Jessica Johnson. Johnson, who starred as Celie in Theatre Horizon’s acclaimed 2018 production of The Color Purple, will be reunited with her former cast members for these this limited-engagement performances.

“We want this concert to be a way for people to connect with each other,” said Johnson. “The past few years have been challenging for us all. My hope for this concert is that it provides a space for audience members and performers to come together, enjoy music, and truly be present with one another.”

The Theatre Horizon holiday concert will feature favorite holiday carols, plus songs from some of Broadway’s best musicals. Presenters include not only The Color Purple alums but also some of the ensemble from the company’s community-created production, TOWN.

In addition to the concert, audiences can expect interactive lobby activities, complete with crafts, concessions, and ways for individuals to share their holiday traditions with each other.

Theatre Horizon’s staff will also survey followers on social media about their own holiday traditions, enabling the cast to weave audience stories into the performances.

To keep the outing affordable, Theatre Horizon is pioneering a new ticket model for its 2022–2023 season.

It’s a “true cost” model that gives audiences the options to pick the price that’s right for them.

In alignment with Horizon’s values of empathy and equity, the company will also ask patrons to consider “paying-it-forward” to cover the cost for someone else to attend.

Under this new model, ticket prices will range from $15–$75 for plays and limited engagement performances and $25–$85 for musicals.  

 Subscriptions to Theatre Horizon’s entire season and single tickets to the 2022 holiday concert are currently available online.

Theatre Horizon is one of many Montgomery County entertainment venues supported by the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board.

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