Players Busy as Elves Working on New Show
As printed in the North Vernon Sun on November 19, 2012
The Jennings County Players are busy preparing for their Christmas production, “Santa’s Christmas Tree.” The musical will be presented on the Park Theatre Civic Centre stage on Dec. 7, 8 and 9.
The large cast features 31 children ages 4 to 14 and two adults. It includes John Kelley as Mr. Douglas; Ali Robinette as Lady Spruce; Riley Eder as Miss Merry; Brantley White as Sir Noble; Kaleb Downs as Blizzard Wizard; Evan Cofer as Little Sparrow; Luke Cofer as Blinky Bunny; Keagan Craig as Chipmunk; Joe Kelley as Squirrel; Sadie Marsh as Mother Sparrow; Alaina Robinette as Little Owl; Abigail Rowlett as Snowshoe Rabbit; Will Stark as Brother Skunk; Chloe Vermillion as Sister Skunk; CJ Taylor, Jeremiah Waggoner, Alana Daeger, Lidia Hall, Lexi Corcoran, Alydia Waggoner, Jasmine Craig, Chelsea Lawrence, Marlee Jones and Etta Greathouse as elves; Jaelyn Boswell, Kaiser Daeger, Jack George, Charlotte Palmer and Madison Voss as members of the children’s choir; Charley Foga as Santa Claus; and Judy Worrell as Mrs. Claus.
Liz Eder and Connie Rayburn are the co-directors and Eve Davis is the musical director. Paul Fox is the set designer with Fox and Bill Reichenbach handling set construction.
In this play written by Beverly Weiler, Santa’s mischievous elves forgot to get Santa’s own Christmas tree. So Santa sends them out to find the “most beautiful one of all.” Meanwhile, all the trees on Snowy Mountain dream of being chosen as Santa’s Christmas tree and living happily ever after in his forest.
The funny and macho Mr. Douglas, the elegant and vain Lady Spruce and the sophisticated Sir Noble believe they are the perfect choice. And Miss Merry, the scraggly little pine, has to agree. But when the crazy Blizzard Wizard causes chaos for all the creatures of the forest, Miss Merry comes to the rescue and has her time to shine. The rest, of course, is Christmas history.
“Santa’s Christmas Tree” was last presented by the Jennings County Players in 1992.
Advance tickets are now on sale at the Park Theatre box office at $8 for adults and $3 for students. For more information, contact the Park Theatre at 346-0330 or park-theatre.org.