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: My cats are eating their gravy dinner. They will be sleeping soon. I'm going to eat a roast beef sandwich with lots of mustard because I feel like I should eat something. I like lots of mustard on my sandwich. None of that ketchup or mayo for me.
Sept 7, 2020 1:27:04 GMT -5
rickolsen: I just ate a bowl of potato soup. I'm still hungry so I'm going to eat a roast beef sandwich with lots of mustard. My cats are sleeping. I gave them gravy dinner and then they all went to sleep.
Sept 7, 2020 11:45:40 GMT -5
rickolsen: I feel good today. I just ate a roast beef sandwich. This morning when I got up I was staggering around like I was drunk. I couldn't maintain my balance. I have these spells once in a while. I don't know why. My Doctor wasn't concerned. It feels weird.
Sept 7, 2020 14:47:51 GMT -5
rickolsen: I just gave my cats some gravy dinner. They are gobbling it down. I have to go to Walmart soon and get them some more. Maybe I'll do it today. I can't run out. They like it too much. I don't want to disappoint them.
Sept 8, 2020 4:52:03 GMT -5
rickolsen: I got my cats more gravy dinner. I got more roast beef and pastrami for me and a loaf of bread. My diet is working well. I've lost about 45lbs. in the last year. My doctor says whatever I'm doing is working. I just cut out starch like potatoes.
Sept 8, 2020 11:38:10 GMT -5
rickolsen: I'm eating no bake cookies while I watch Super Bowl 42. There is no better taste combination than dark chocolate, oatmeal, and peanut butter. I really feel good today. No more dizzyness. I didn't look drunk walking into Walmart. I hate that.
Sept 8, 2020 13:23:46 GMT -5
rickolsen: Gas was only $1.87 today so I filled up my tank. Cost $7.75. I don't know why gas prices have dropped so much, but I won't complain. You have to get a break once in a while in life.
Sept 8, 2020 13:28:17 GMT -5
rickolsen: I just went to Walmart and got some cucumbers and green peppers. I think eating these things helps my diet. They are tasty and they have low calories. I'm eating green peppers now. I put salt on them. Salt makes everything taste better.
Sept 8, 2020 14:25:29 GMT -5
rickolsen: Phoenix is sleeping. Brandie and Sampson aren't sleeping yet. I took a long nap so I'll be up all night. I'm watching the 2007 divisional game between the Giants and the Cowboys. I might make a roast beef sandwich later. I'm not really hungry now.
Sept 8, 2020 22:13:11 GMT -5
rickolsen: Sampson is sleeping now. So is Brandie. I hate it when I know I should eat something and I'm just not hungry. I can't force myself to eat when I'm not hungry. Can you?
Sept 8, 2020 22:27:29 GMT -5
rickolsen: I ate a pastrami sandwich. I've never gotten pastrami and roast beef before last time, but I really like them. I'm a meat and potatoes man. I don't eat potatoes anymore because of starch, so I'm just a meat man. I could never be a vegetarian or a vegan.
Sept 8, 2020 22:42:11 GMT -5
rickolsen: I'm eating chips and salsa while I watch the divisional playoffs between the 2011 Giants vs Packers. The Giants win. I really like salsa.
Sept 8, 2020 23:40:41 GMT -5
rickolsen: I have to shut my window at night now. I don't want my furnace to kick on. My cats and I like to be warm though.
Sept 9, 2020 13:57:09 GMT -5
rickolsen: I just gave my cats some gravy dinner. It is seafood and they are gobbling it down. I feel really good today. I haven't felt dizzy for 2 days. I just ate 2 bowls of potato soup. I don't eat potatoes very often, but I like potato soup.
Sept 10, 2020 7:30:12 GMT -5
rickolsen: I just opened my livingroom window. Sampson is already in it. I have to close it at night now, but I open it during the day. My furnace hasn't kicked on yet. I don't want it to. I have covers at night now. Phoenix always sleeps with me. She likes covers.
Sept 10, 2020 7:34:11 GMT -5
rickolsen: After I gave my cats some gravy dinner they all went to sleep. They are sleeping now. I'm eating green peppers while I watch football. I really like green peppers. I put a little salt on them. Earlier I said salt makes everything taste better. It doesn't.
Sept 10, 2020 10:18:52 GMT -5
rickolsen: You wouldn't put salt on your chocolate pudding or chocolate cake. But salt does make most regular food like meat and veggies taste better.
Sept 10, 2020 10:20:08 GMT -5
rickolsen: My cats and I are well. Phoenix and Brandie are sleeping, but Sampson isn't. I just went to Walmart and got some more sandwich meat, roast beef and pastrami. I like to eat it without bread. I'm not supposed to eat bread.
Sept 11, 2020 16:48:36 GMT -5