A Hilarious Whirlwind of a Christmas Show at The Playmakers
Are you tired of the same Christmas stories in theatres and on TV year after year? Would you be glad if Tiny Tim would just get on with stuffing the turkey, or Bedford Falls became an island paradise where is was warm?
If you don’t want to admit such thoughts, or even if you can still get teary-eyed at all the myriad secular seasonal stories, you can laugh yourself silly by watching the beloved holiday classics put through a blender and mashed up in “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!),” by Michael Carleton, James Fitzgerald, and John K. Alvarez.
“We are opening this zany production in an unusual way,” says Suzanne Boles, Artistic Executive of The Playmakers, “with a matinee for families on Saturday, November 25 at 1:30”. In this case, “families” includes children, ages 5-12, who get a reduced ticket price ($6.50 instead of $8) when accompanied by at least one adult. Of course, older youth will enjoy this madcap romp through holiday stories, Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture and every carol every sung. And there will be a musical bingo game at the matinee intermission for the young and young at heart. Families are encouraged to attend any other performance at regular prices make it to the opening performance.
"I laughed so much while just reading the play, that I know seeing it performed will be even that much better,” said Susan Countryman, a regular audience member at The Playmakers’ productions.
This huge amount of zany material is spoofed with wild intensity in a short period of time by only three actors, Ashley Davidson, Dave Simpson and his twin brother, Don Simpson. Ashley Davidson also directs. The backstage crew will be as busy as the onstage actors. They are Phoenix Smith, Tony Watkins and Leigh Thomas. Rob Bane moves to sound operation for this production and Linda Fracek will run the lights.
Performances continue on Fridays: Dec 1 & 8 at 7:30 pm; Tuesdays: Nov 28 and Dec 5 at 7:30 pm; and Sunday Matinees: Nov. 26 and Dec. 10 at 2:00 pm. Doors open 30 minutes before curtain times.
There will be some special pecan treats and desserts at each performance that you can eat at intermission, or buy to take home with you for the holidays. Some of them will be great stocking stuffers.
The Playmakers’ theatre is at 121 W. 3rd St. in Grove, OK. There are no paper tickets at The Playmakers. Just call (918) 786-8950 and leave a message for the box office volunteer who will confirm your reservation within 12 hours, email email@example.com or reserve online at www.groveplaymakers.com.
Entry prices are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Group prices are available as are discounted ‘pay what you can’ tickets. The Playmakers accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.
The minimum age guideline for this production is Kindergarten and above and is based on the appropriateness of the play for that age level and the capability of the student to understand the content of the production. Since this is a strong guideline, not a rule, please talk with the box office volunteer when you make reservations about bringing younger students. Children under 5 are not admitted to Playmaker productions unless the play is specifically intended for that age group.
Visit Grove Playmakers Theatre on Facebook for background, character bios, cast and crew photos, and interesting tidbits about the story and characters.
PLAYMAKERS DEBUT NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION
The Playmakers invite you to their first New Year’s Celebration. You will be able to revel in an evening of music, dancing, and a mystery play showcasing a special visit from Father Time and a cast of local, well-known community leaders. Where else can you get a show with your food and drink on New Year’s Eve in a non-smoking environment?
The fun begins at 8:30 and goes until the beginning of the New Year, at the former Moose Lodge, 61951 E 315 Road in Grove. There will be hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, raffles, auctions and a light buffet. There will be a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, complete with hats and noise-makers. The event is for those 21 years and older only. The dress is Festive Attire.
Ticket are $75/ guest. Businesses and individual hosts may reserve tables for six to twelve guests at the same per person price. Reservation must be received by December 30; call The Playmakers, (918) 786-8950. Leave a message and a volunteer will return your call to confirm and make arrangements for your seating and payment. Credit cards will be accepted. If you have to make last minute reservations, and there are still seats available on December 31, you may still be able to join the fun at $85/ guest. If you would like to attend this event, but don’t want to come alone, please tell us and we will do our best to find you a “Theatre Buddy.”
The mystery show, written by Stan Starts, a Playmaker and former Jay high school teacher, involves the disappearance of the eternal clock set for the end of 2017. It has been stolen from Father Time. Without it the guests at this event can’t progress into 2018. Who could have taken it? Is it part of Santa’s gang who are wanting a longer vacation? Could it be Black Pete and his daughter who need more time to punish bad boys and girls? Has the weatherman forecast one too many hurricanes? Do the moose want to take over the world in 2018? Who is investigating and who is going undercover to find it? Only time will tell, but it is running out. Who do you think was the thief?
This New Year’s fundraising event will benefit the Grove Community Playmakers, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. If you are unable to attend this evening of fun with The Playmakers, you may make a separate year-end donation by sending your contribution to The Playmakers, PO Box 450236, Grove, OK 74345. Proceeds will go toward plans for the future expansion of Playmaker activities, including a new Youth Theatre Training & Performance Program.