Production

The Christmas Express & Lights, Camera, Christmas
written by Pat Cook; Lights,Camera, Christmas written by Sally Carpenter

Lights, Camera, Christmas

directed for PTAG by Terry A. Fye

The setting is the sound stage of a movie studio. J.D., the director, is making a Christmas film, but his performers don't understand it. They want to know why he is making "a boring old film about Christmas." "If you want to make money," they tell him, "do something with a lot of car crashes." But J.D. explains that Christmas is about dreams, and all his life he's dreamed about making people happy with his films. Then Mr. Big, the studio boss, decides to close down the film.  At this point, the performers discover what J.D. has been trying to say and join with him to save the picture.

Cast

J.D., the director..............................Gayle Powell Gigliotti

Gopher, the errand boy...................................Kevin Beatty

Camera Operator...........................................Kyle Beatty

The Christmas Tree...........................SaraJane Depp-Hutchinson

Set Designer..............................................Lynn Duncan

Lighting Director......................................Kempton Beatty

Properties Mistress.....................................Helen Kennedy

Costume Designer........................................Betty Spencer

Sandy, plays Eve in the film.........................Stephanie Wenner

Marcy, plays the Mother in the film......................Lisa London

Charlie, plays Father in the film.......................Greg Fallara

Mr. Bigg, the studio boss................................Terry A Fye

The Christmas Express

directed for PTAG by Terry A. Fye

"This is the most hopeless place in the world!" Hilda intones as she and Satch, her assistant, argue over what time it is. She dreams of faraway places and only finds tedium in running the Holly Railway Station. That is, until Leo Tannenbaum drops in out of nowhere the day before Christmas Eve. Suddenly, an old radio that hasn't worked in years springs to life, the local group of carolers (which usually yowls like a gang of wet cats) begins to sound like the Morman Tabernacle Choir and the whole town gets the Christmas spirit. Coincidence? Or is Leo doing all this? Even Satch changes his tune when it turns out that Leo might be on the run. This nostalgic theatrical greeting card is full of eccentric small town characters, wise-cracking their way to finding the true wonder of Christmas.


Cast


Hilda Trowbridge, studio manager..................Tracey Young

Satch Brunswick.................................Josh Widdowson

 Maggie Clooney, a mail carrier..................Pat Starzenski

Leo Tannenbaum, the magical vistor.............S. Thomas Curry

Penelope Blaisdell, newspaper editor.........Kathy S. Dinsmore

Mr. Fairfax, a mysterious man................Robert Starzenski

Myrna Hobsnagle, secretary & choir director....Alice S. Morris

Donna Fye Cummings, a stubborn newlywed......Nikki Battestilli

Jerry Cummings, a husband...............Michael Depp-Hutchinson

Deborah Smith, a worried daughter................Krystol Elkin

This production was staged November 19, 20, 21 & 22, 2008 with a matinee performance on Sunday, November 22, 2008 at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School. Assisting with the production was Matthew Dinsmore as technical director. These plays wereproduced with special arrangements with Pioneer Drama Serce, Englewood, Co and Dramatic Publishing, Woodstock, IL respectively.


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