Based on Tomseen Foley’s story Parcel from America
Book by Tomaseen Foley
Music and Lyrics by Matty Selman
Arrangements and Orchestration by William Coulter
Traditional songs and music arranged by William Coulter,Patricia O’Scannell, Kevin Carr, Barbara Mendelsohn
It is Christmas, 1950, and half the closely-knit community of the parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin is in the “next parish over” – 3,000 miles across the Atlantic in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts, USA. Many of those who remain behind are more or less dependent upon the parcels that arrive into the parish every Christmas from family members in Springfield, MA.
A widow awaits, perhaps in vain, for a parcel from her errant son, who has run away to Springfield without so much as a “by your leave”. .. The beacon light of her lonely lantern, as she awaits the daily rounds of the postman, shines into the hearts of the neighbors and creates a truly unforgettable Christmas for all.