Perry Players feature Christmas story ‘and then some’

Sun News correspondentDecember 4, 2013 

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From left, Tabatha Loomis, Mo Jacobs and Andy Renteria rehearse a scene Nov. 25 from the Perry Players’ “Every Christmas Story Ever Told and Then Some.”

DANNY GILLELAND — For The Telegraph

  • “Every Christmas Story Ever Told and Then Some”
    When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15
    Where: Perry Players Community Theatre, 909 Main St., Perry
    Cost: $15 adult; $12 seniors, military, children students
    More information: Call 478-987-5354

There are a lot of activities to choose from during the Christmas season -- so many that sometimes it is hard to make a decision.

But this year, the Perry Players have tried to cover all the bases with a Christmas show that combines just about anything and everything Christmas related, and even adds a little Hanukkah and Kwanza as well.

This year’s Christmas production is “Every Christmas Story Ever Told and Then Some.”

It’s sort of a play within a play, telling the story of a group of actors at a community theater who are getting ready to perform “A Christmas Carol” and decide that enough is enough.

“They throw in the Grinch, Rudolph, plenty of other Christmas stories and then add Christmas traditions like fruitcake,” said Bill Johansen, the director of “Every Christmas Story.” They include just about anything that can go on during the holiday season.”

It has become a Perry Players’ tradition to present a comedy for the holiday season.

“We like to do comedy this time of year,” said Johansen. “Things can get tough, very busy, during the holidays, and this is a chance to laugh.”

Along with an opportunity to forget about the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, Johansen said that another reason that the Perry Players did a holiday show was to bring families closer together.

“We like to gear the Christmas show towards families. People come to visit; you want to have something to do while they are here. Something to do with your family,” Johansen said.

The show is a comedy, and Johansen said for those thinking about bringing the children, it would be PG.

“It is a good family show,” Johansen said.

The Perry Players have been rehearsing the show for a few weeks but “went dark” during Thanksgiving so the actors could have a few days with their families.

“It is good to take a break,” Johansen said. “You can get overwhelmed with practice. But I did tell them they had homework -- studying their lines. As the director, I also have homework -- studying the script.”

Contact Alline Kent at 478-396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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