Young Barnaby Doyle is a fun-loving kid who, like most children this time of year, is just about to come out of his skin with excitement. However, as much as Barnaby tries to keep his eyes open, he cannot stay awake. As Barnaby drifts into sleep, he has dreams filled with madcap Mummers: the Turkish Knight, the bold-but-not-so-bright Sir George, his faithful wood horse Fred and, of course, the wild traveling medicine man, Dr. Pepperoni. Even after the Mummers disappear to the echoes of a Christmas Carol, the Christmas magic continues... Barnaby wakes to share the joy of Christmas with one and all.
The Sights Before Christmas
Marian Frances White is a writer who has published in many different genres. Her published works include ten editions of A Woman's Almanac, featuring Newfoundland and Labrador Women (1987-1991), and Voices of Atlantic Canadian Women (1992-1996). In 1997 a collection of Almanac interviews was published in The Finest Kind, a Compendium of Almanac Stories. In 1994 White published the biographical book Not A Still Life, the art and writings of artist Rae Perlin. In 1995 she published a History of Newfoundland and Labrador with Grolier Ltd., as part of their Canadian series on the provinces. In 1996 it was translated into French.
In 1997 White published her first book of poetry, Skinny Dipping. George Elliott Clarke wrote in the Halifax Chronicle Herald: AForget Toronto, St. John=s rules English Canadian poetry@. In 2000, White was named Artist of the Year by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council. White=s second book of poetry, Mind Your Eyes, was released by Killick Press in 2003. In 2005 with her partner Beni Malone, she co-wrote a children’s book, The Sights Before Christmas. White is currently working on a sensual feast of a novel, Ah Paris! set in the 1960's and based in Newfoundland and Paris, France.
Marian White also has three films to her credit: The Untold Story of the Suffragists of Newfoundland (1999); in 2002 she wrote and directed the documentary Fool Proof, a film which takes a light-hearted look at the art and craft of clown and circus life, and in 2005 she co-produced Stealing Mary, a documentary about the Beothuk native peoples of Newfoundland.
Beni Malone has quite the career in performing: he’s been part of the scene, either in Newfoundland or elsewhere, for about 25 years. He has studied at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College in Florida. He also heads up Wonderbolt Productions here in St. John’s, which has produced numerous shows in the past, along with the popular Wonderbolt Circus Show, which tours and performs in Bowring Park and on Water Street every summer.