Pin It

Jamal's Special Christmas Gift 

This holiday season will be the first that Tony Felix spends without his father, Tommie Felix, an NOPD officer who died in May. The 13-year-old actor stars in Jamal's Special Christmas Gift, a hip-hop-infused play that mirrors some of his experiences — focusing on a youngster who struggles with life and death during a Christmas without his father. "I wanted a story about a young man who curses God, but then finds enlightenment," says writer/director Anthony Bean, who conceived the show last year. After Felix's tragedy, Bean decided to incorporate both more of the young actor's life and more music. The play follows Jamal's grieving process as he relates to family and peers, but there also are holiday musical and dance numbers featuring the rest of the large cast. Felix has appeared in many productions at the Bean Community Theater since he was 6 years old and appeared in the TV show K-Ville. Bean says Felix has ably handled the challenges of the unique situation. "He is still grappling with those emotions, but he is taking that energy and using it on stage. He is just brilliant." Tickets $18 general admission, $14 students/seniors. — Bryan Davis

8 p.m. Fri.-Sun., Dec. 5-7; 3 p.m. Sat., Dec. 6; through Dec. 20

Anthony Bean Community Theater, 1333 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-7529;

click to enlarge stage_rec.jpg
Pin It


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Submit an event Jump to date

Latest in Stage Previews and Reviews

Readers also liked…

Spotlight Events

  • The High Priestess of Dark Alley @ Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre
    616 St. Peter St.

    • Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 24
  • The Wizard of Oz @ Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts
    325 Minor St., Kenner

    • Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 24
  • The Rose Tattoo @ Dillard University
    Samuel DuBois Cook Theatre, 2601 Gentilly Blvd.

    • Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 7
  • St. Claude Second Saturdays @ St. Claude Arts District
    2820 St. Claude Ave.

    • Second Saturday of every month
    • 4 going/interested

© 2016 Gambit
Powered by Foundation