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Step into Christmas


Sunday, December 15


CM Performing Arts Center
931 Montauk Hwy, Oakdale


Tickets start at $16.50
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Cast & Creative



Colleen M. Hughes is a playwright from Somerville, MA. She received her BA in English and Theatre from the College of the Holy Cross and her MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. Colleen’s work has been produced and developed at the Boston Theater Marathon, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Fresh Ink Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Boston Podcast Players, and the Brazen-Faced Varlets. She was a national semifinalist for the 2011 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s Ten-Minute Play Award, an O’Neill semifinalist, a 2011–2012 New Voices Fellow at New Rep, and a 2015–2016 member of Company One’s C1 PlayLab Unit. Colleen spent her childhood at the Mary Flynn Murphy Dance Studio in Somerville, MA, where she was a member of the Mary Flynn Murphy Dance Ensemble under director Kathy Kozul.

Artistic Staff


Biography coming soon.

Artistic Director

Mary Naftal is the president and artistic Director of Dance Connection in Islip, New York. With 40 years of teaching experience, Mary holds a degree in Early Childhood Education from Long Island University. Her work as an arts educator has been recognized with an inclusion in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” and being named a “Teacher in the Spotlight” in Dance Studio Life Magazine. Her students have performed on Broadway, on TV, in Disney Parks, and across the world. Mary currently serves on the panel of experts and has served on the seminar faculty at the Energize conference in Chicago.  She is a recipient of the Town of Islip Small Business Award, a long-standing member of Dance Educators of America, and a member of the National Dance Education Organization and the New York State Dance Educators Association.

Producing Director

Joe is proud to serve as the Producing Director for Step into Christmas.  Joe’s producing experience includes the Making Wishes Grow Performance Initiative, bringing Long Island performing artists together to raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation.  Joe works as the Marketing Director for Dance Connection in Islip, New York. In addition to his work at Dance Connection, Joe has a career as a theatrical lighting designer, assistant designer, and production manager in New York City and across the country. His experience spans the worlds of classical and contemporary theatre, musicals, ballet, modern dance, and opera.  Joe also collaborates with Dance Studio Owners across the country, is a member of the Panel of Experts, and has been featured in the business section of Dance Teacher Magazine.  He has been on the seminar faculty for the Dance Teacher Summit in New York City, the Energize Conference in Chicago, and the UDMA Expos in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Edison. Joe also serves on the Board of Directors for Robin Becker Dance, a professional modern dance company in NYC, and CM Performing Arts Center.  Joe holds a BFA from UNC School of the Arts and is a proud member of United Scenic Artists and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE).


Ticketing Policies

  • Tickets are non-refundable once purchased.  Tickets cannot be exchanged for another performance. 
  • Any children occupying a seat, must have a ticket.  Children under the age of two may sit on a parents lap without a ticket.
  • Due to fire code regulations, strollers will not be allowed to be left blocking any aisle, egress, or exit.  Any strollers must be checked in with the house manager and stored at the rear of the theater.
  • Step into Christmas is 60 minutes long and performed without an intermission.
  • Show begins promptly.  Late seating is at the discretion of the house manager.
  • For the safety of the performers and as a courtesy to your fellow guests, video recording or taking of photographs during the show are not permitted.

VIP Section Tickets

We are excited to offer a VIP experience for Step into Christmas!

VIP Guests will receive:

  • Private table for show with milk and cookies.
  • Priority Seating: will be invited into the theatre at 10:45AM.
  • Private pre-show reception at 10:45AM in the theatre with a visit from Santa!

VIP Pricing:

Two-Person Table

Four-Person Table

Five-Person Table

Please Note:  The five-person tables are high-top tables and may not be suitable for young children.