Having just seen Jackie at her Christmas concert in Lexington, Mass., I am pining even more for Jackie to do a TV Christmas Special. With your indulgence I am reposting a thread I created two years ago with some minor changes:
I think we would all love to see Jackie do another TV special. This time of year my mind turns to Christmas with Jackie Evancho.
I understand that Jackie's PBS specials cost about $million each. Well, no wonder - 11 or so cameras, recording the audio in situ, make-up artist, hair stylist, costumer, et al. Thus, there are a million reasons there won't be a Christmas special with Jackie anytime soon.
But I can dream too.
We need to imagine a low-cost way of producing a Christmas with Jackie Evancho TV special. Using one and only one film crew (heck, Juliet who showed an interest in photography in her earlier years could do it with a smart phone) and taking the sound tracks from Jackie's previous recordings, rather than trying to record the sound in situ, we can pare the budget considerably. In essence, the TV special would be a series of music videos.
Scene I Jackie is alone in a recording studio. A sprig of mistletoe hangs from the microphone boom. A forlorn "Charlie Brown Christmas tree" stands alone on a stool next to Jackie. Jackie wistfully sings I'll Be Home for Christmas. Cut to the Evancho home: Juliet, Zak and Rachel are decorating the family Christmas tree; Mike and Lisa alternately draw a window curtain aside and peer out into the nite as it snows heavily. Concern etches Mike's and Lisa's faces. Cut to a pair of headlights cutting thru the snow and dark. Cut to Jackie arriving at the home's front door laden with brightly wrapped presents - Jackie's home. Joy abounds. Cut to Jackie hanging her favorite ornament on the Christmas tree, smilingly warmly. Song ends.
Scene II Jackie and brother and sisters are sitting/sprawling on the floor in front of the fireplace roasting chestnuts in the Evancho home as Jackie sings The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire). Interspersed in the video are scenes of Jackie, lisa and the other children having fun baking & decorating Christmas cookies in the kitchen. Song ends.
Scene III Jackie is in a kindergarten classroom. The children are busy at their desks coloring pictures of Santa Claus and Christmas trees as Jackie strolls about the room singing a light-hearted Christmas song. Interspersed are shots of children holding their drawings up to the camera. As the song end, the children are lined up in front of Jackie, proudly holding their artistic creations. Kicker: the children gather around Jackie and sing We Wish You a Merry Christmas as Jackie smiles broadly.
Scene IV Jackie, bundled against the cold, walks up a hill toward a lone pine tree which stands atop the hill. It is a clear and starry nite, She is singing Silent Nite. As the song ends, the brightest star in the firmament aligns with the tip top of the tree. Jackie smiles knowingly as the song ends.
Scene V Jackie, dressed in old-fashioned clothing, approaches small antique table. Atop the table are three glass snow globes. In turn, Jackie picks up each of the snow globes and shakes them. As she starts to sing I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas, a ballerina inside the first snow globe pirouettes in a scene from The Nutcracker... Inside the second snow globe children build a snowman... and the third snow globe a horse pulls a open sleigh thru the snow. Note: stock footage is used for each of these scenarios.
Scene VI Jackie is in a chapel with beautiful stained-glass windows. She sings O Come All, Ye Faithful as she walks slowly down the aisle, passing empty pews. As she walks, Jackie gazes upward toward the stained-glass windows and the camera lingers on each window in turn. As the song ends, Jackie is in front of the church, facing the pews. The camera pulls back and, lo and behold, the once empty pews are now filled with congregants. Jackie smiles.
Scene VII Jackie is in an ornate church, dressed in a red gown. The altar is flush with poinsettias. Jackie stands before the altar and sings O Holy Nite. The scene ends with a view of a manger.
I know nothing of TV production, but think each of these scenes could be filmed in the Pittsburgh area, thus saving money. Further, in my imagination, we can dispense with the wardrobe mistress, key grip, best boy, hair stylist...saving even more money. I would love to read any other imagined scenes for our fantasy Christmas with Jackie Evancho TV special.
P.S. I am reminded each Christmas season that It's a Wonderful Life was not a box office hit when it was released to theatres. The movie only became favorite Christmas fare when it passed out of copyright and WOR TV in NYC played in a continuous loop each Christmas time at no cost to the station. So too, it is my Christmas wish that Christmas with Jackie Evancho could be produced and shown at little cost to TV stations. I think it would gain in popularity year by year and become a Christmas tradition for millions.
rickolsen: I just brought home 2 cats. Star, a female and Stormy, a male. Both about a year old. Maybe they can coax Colby out if he's still alive. $25 for both of them together.
Oct 3, 2023 12:37:34 GMT -5
rickolsen: Colby still hasn't come out. Star and Stormy are so friendly. Star is laying on my desk with me. Stormy is laying on a folded up table across the room. That is his spot, but he comes over and lays on my lap for his fair share of pets.
Oct 3, 2023 23:57:25 GMT -5
rickolsen: Star and Stormy are doing well. No fear. They've made themselves at home. Still no Colby. Star likes to lay on my shoulders behind my neck. She's there now.
Oct 5, 2023 9:25:42 GMT -5
rickolsen: It's hard to find mixed nuts with Hazelnuts also called Filberts. I found some on ebay so I ordered 2 jars. They are arriving today. 32 ozs. They have Brazil, Cashews, Almonds, Pecans, and Hazelnuts.
Oct 5, 2023 9:29:13 GMT -5
rlhamil: Hazelnuts are in short supply or expensive, and have been for some years now (pure hazelnut butter no longer available). Some may be production problems, but Ferrero buys 25% of the world's hazelnuts for Nutella and their Ferrero/Rocher candy.
Oct 7, 2023 20:37:44 GMT -5
rlhamil: Turkey produces 70% of the world's hazelnuts, and for years has had political and economic problems. And recently bad weather has seriously damaged their crop, although that doesn't explain earlier scarcity of some hazelnut products.
Oct 7, 2023 22:17:56 GMT -5
rlhamil: TJ's has nuts at good prices, but they don't sell online and I don't think they're near you. They have hazelnuts separately, but I don't recall them having mixed nuts including hazelnuts.
Oct 7, 2023 22:24:50 GMT -5
rickolsen: My Impala died Monday. Unrepairable. Gave it to the tow truck driver in lieu of the $90 towing fee. Yesterday I got a 2016 Chevy Equinox. Delivered to my driveway. Didn't have to go anywhere. Car payment now, but oh well.
Oct 12, 2023 11:09:34 GMT -5
rickolsen: My Equinox 105,000 miles. Beautiful blue. Beautiful car. Not a speck of rust anywhere.
Oct 12, 2023 11:11:07 GMT -5
rickolsen: Still no Colby. I'm sure he didn't die because I would have smelled him, but he doesn't eat or drink much. He'll come out some day. Star is sleeping laying in the litter box in the living room. I've never had a cat do this before, but that's her spot.
Oct 22, 2023 0:27:28 GMT -5
rickolsen: I just went into the bathroom. Colby ran out from behind the toilet into the dining room. He didn't look unhealthy. I mean he didn't look skinny or anything. I don't know where he went, but at least I know he's okay.
Oct 31, 2023 13:51:32 GMT -5
rlhamil: RIP James Breedwell (pre-AGT Jackie performed with him (search YouTube) and recorded his "Teaching Angels How to Fly" on PTAD).
Nov 3, 2023 8:34:58 GMT -5
rickolsen: I was just in the kitchen. Colby came out and I petted him.
Nov 7, 2023 20:20:50 GMT -5
rickolsen: I think I told you how Bumblebee died and then Animal Control came and took my cats away from me. Now Montcalm County has charged me with animal cruelty. I have to go to court. I'm terrified. I face a $2000 fine and or 300 hours of community service.
Nov 8, 2023 7:04:27 GMT -5
rickolsen: The Judge can also forbid me from ever having cats again which means having the cats I have now would be illegal. I am so scared. Colby is laying in the litter box in the kitchen. He isn't hiding anymore, but he hasn't come out of the kitchen.
Nov 8, 2023 7:07:39 GMT -5
Willyiam: Admin: Please delete and ban poster jameshopper, and delete thread Star Md Billing in thread Buy, Sell, Trade!! Also, why are there 2 Buy, Sell, Trade threads in Administrative Area??
Nov 17, 2023 16:23:11 GMT -5