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"Fairy Tale Christmas" is a middle grade reader book by Michael McLean and son, Scott McLean.

The first Tuacahn New Works Festival is Friday, Oct. 7, featuring “Fairy Tale Christmas,” with music by Michael McLean, book and lyrics by Scott McLean, and “The First Gentleman,” with music by Bret Simmons, book and lyrics by David Howard.

The New Works Festival is a venue where writers can submit an original musical, according to a news release. If chosen, the original musical will be directed and dramatized at a free, staged concert reading, according to a news release.

Jeffry Denman is the director of the New Works program. He was the director of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and co-directed and choreographed Disney’s “When You Wish” at Tuacahn. His resume also includes work on Broadway and as an actor in "White Christmas," "Into the Woods" and "Singin' in the Rain," among many other plays.

Fairy Tale Christmas” is based on a book by the same name about Santa Claus being kidnapped by fairy-tale villains who are intent on erasing happily-ever-afters, according to press materials.

“The First Gentleman” is a musical comedy about a woman elected as president — her husband becomes the First Gentleman — and their family, including a 15-year-old son, is now in the limelight.

Both musicals will be performed Oct. 7 in the indoor Hafen Theatre. Admission is free, but tickets for seating reservations are required and can be made by calling the Tuacahn box office at 800-746-9882.

For musical authors inquiring about the new musical submission process contact Denman at jdenman@tuacahn.org.