‘The Forgotten Carols’ comes to Idaho Falls tonight

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IDAHO FALLS – An annual Christmas tradition for many in east Idaho is coming to town Monday.

“The Forgotten Carols” is playing at the Civic Auditorium in Idaho Falls.

Michael McLean, who wrote and stars in the live musical, tells EastIdahoNews.com the show has become a beloved tradition for thousands of families who mark the beginning of their holiday season with this stage show. McLean says he has enjoyed watching the show evolve over the last 26 years.

“We did about 30 shows that first year. I thought that was going to be the end of the deal,” McLean tells us.

“The Forgotten Carols” began in 1991 as a one-man stage show performed by McLean. The following year, he says there was a big demand for it, so he brought it back. Since then, McLean says, it has grown to become a fully produced stage show featuring a full cast along with local and regional choirs.

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“Each year we’ve tried to add something. We started bringing additional costumes. Then we started bringing guest singers and other participants,” McLean says.

One of the additions this season is a new carol.

“It’s pretty monumental. We’re adding a new forgotten carol to the show. We’re really excited about it. We’ve been getting a great response from audiences,” he says.

McLean’s wife, Lynne, has been part of the show every year. His son, Jeff, has also performed in the show in recent years.

We asked McLean why the show continues to grow in popularity.

“People discover what’s been forgotten about Christmas. You get to have an experience that ends with the focus on what we’re celebrating at Christmastime,” he said.

McLean says a film adaptation of the stage musical is in the works.

He is also premiering another Christmas musical, “A Fairytale Christmas”, on Friday at Tuacahn Amphitheatre in St. George, Utah.

“The Forgotten Carols” begins at 7:30 p.m. Earlier Monday, Michelle Moore, McLean’s public relations manager, said 60 more seats were opened up for the performance. Tickets are available here.

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