The Warner Robins Little Theatre’s fundraising Christmas play “Merry Christmas Robert Maxwell” is a holiday play about family aiming to spark hope and joy to kick off the Christmas season.
When it came to writing a fresh, new Christmas show for Warner Robins Little Theatre, Director Dot Leach knew exactly who she wanted to ask – Perry dentist Michael Kinsley, who also writes for CenterStage for Christ, at Perry United Methodist Church, and has a reputation for penning humorous plays with heartfelt messages.
“He did a show for us last year in the regular season, and I asked him to write a Christmas show; I never dreamed he wasn’t going to direct it,” said Leach. “I am the first person directing his show other than him and his wife; he and his wife usually have control over their shows. I feel honored they are letting me do this.”
Leach said she personally asked him to come up with the play for children and that is not be a typical Christmas play that everybody does. She said she wanted it “to be entertaining, include children and give a sweet message to the audience.” She says he gave her exactly what she asked for.
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The four-act play, a fundraiser for the WRLT, which is broken up by an intermission, is a story about Robert (Jordan Allen) and Chelsea Maxwell (Kyra Ducret), a young newlywed couple who are fresh out of college and get their first apartment. Their neighbor Faye Grissom (Cheryl Taylor) just happens to be a social worker with children’s and family services, and she talks them into fostering first two children, Molly Davison (Taylor Nash) and Oliver Davison (Weiland Cochran), and then two more, Ethan (Matthew Nash) and Libby( Chloe Beth Rambo), and then a fifth one, according to Leach. The fifth “child,” Clifford Allen Stewart Jr. (Bill Felton), is actually a 50-year-old man who is mentally handicapped and whose mother has recently died. Consequently, they have an instant family
“It is a sweet story about how they teach their foster children about love, trust and most importantly family and God,” Leach said. “It’s about real people and can show how families can be anybody coming together, especially during the holidays, and can open up their hearts and have a family out of all kinds of mixes of people ... not born to you or part of the biological family.”
Leach said the show is appropriate for all ages, and in addition to the show, there will be praise groups from a local church who will be singing. In addition, the cast will be getting the audience involved in singing Christmas songs.
“There are parts that are very touching, but the cuteness factor is in overload because of the cute little kids,” she said. “It’s funny. There’s a lot of funny parts. It’s a great mixture of all kinds of emotions.”
With this being a fundraiser for the theater, Leach said that season tickets will not be good for this show. Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will served after the show. Because there are only four shows, reservations are encouraged.
“Merry Christmas Robert Maxwell”
Where: Warner Robins Little Theatre, 502 S. Pleasant Hill Road, Warner Robins
When: 8 p.m. Dec. 7-8 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8-9
Information: 478-929-4579; www.wrlt.org