Cast of THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
Victoria Graham – Julia Daniel Miles – The Visitor
Sandy Terry – Beth Linda Ragan -Rosemary
Ragan Ragan – Bernie Mike Field – Paul
Heather Wilson – Melissa Jet Thomas and Glenn James – Father Brennan
Chris Branscum – Matthew
Production will run November 15 to December 13
Synopis: Julia Dowling has an unexpected visitor who intends to escort her off to the afterlife. Infusing comedy into the classic Death Takes a Holiday, The Christmas Spirit is set in contemporary Long Island. Julia persuades Death to give her one more day to enjoy Christmas and invites him to be her guest at a festive party. The next day the house fills with bickering relatives, friends, the local priest – and Death, masquerading as a human, singing carols and drinking egg nog. Moments of high farce, drama and even romance arise as bright holiday fantasies collide with a not-so-merry reality. Winner of the 2002 Florida Repertory Theatre Congress of Jewelers Play Series.
November 16 and 17, 6:00 PM
Written by Mary Chase, directed by Jennifer Levens
6 men, 6 women
Synopsis: Elwood P. Dowd is an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey — whom Elwood describes as a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall pooka resembling an anthropomorphic rabbit. Elwood introduces Harvey to everyone he meets. His social-climbing sister, Veta, increasingly finds his eccentric behavior embarrassing. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her and her daughter Myrtle Mae from future embarrassment. When they arrive at the sanitarium, a comedy of errors ensues. The young, handsome, and very flirtatious Dr. Sanderson commits Veta instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion. When Elwood shows up at the sanitarium looking for his lost friend Harvey, it seems that the mild-mannered Elwood’s delusion has had a strange influence on the staff, including sanitarium director Dr. Chumley. Only just before Elwood is to be given an injection that will make him into a “perfectly normal human being, and you know what bastards they are!” (in the words of a taxi cab driver who has become involved in the proceedings) does Veta realize that she’d rather have Elwood the same as he’s always been — carefree and kind — even if it means living with Harvey. Play will run Jan. 17 to Feb. 14.
Saturday, December 20th, 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM, $10 at the door
Bennett Gale – Charles Dickens
Growing up in the shadows of Manhattan, Bennett’s childhood memories are his parents taking him to great shows in all the performing arts. “The love for theatre is part of my DNA. There’s never been a time I can remember when the desire to create great theatre in one form or another hasn’t been with me.” He began as a musician, recording and performing across the U.S. and Canada. He has acted in dozens of plays in New York and California; ranging from Ringo in the Broadway production of Beatlemania, Artie Shaughnessey in House of Blue Leaves and Jim Casy, in Grapes of Wrath.
“It has been great fun working with the genius of Mr. Dickens. His sense of social justice and the wit with which he expressed himself resonate, and it is a privilege to recreate Dickens the actor, as he may have performed this himself.”
Bennett is the founder and Artistic Director of New Frontier Theatre Company located in Siskiyou County. newfrontiertheatrecompany.com