Mix together a batch of fruitcakes, three dozen Christmas trees, 10,000 outdoor Christmas lights, a chicken pox epidemic, two Southern spinsters, an estranged old man and a Christmas hog named Buster, and you’ve got a fun-filled and touching evening of holiday cheer.
Into this bucolic world comes Jamie, a kid who has run as far away from home as his money would take him. His first impression is that the town’s inhabitants are “nuttier than fruitcakes” but soon he comes to admire, appreciate and adore the nutty little town.
The cast includes Pete Lowry, of Oak Harbor as Mack Morgan; Samuel Wilburn of Genoa as Jamie; Ronnie Tanner of Northwood as Beebo Dantzler, Trina Woolridge of Genoa as Betty Jane Dantzler, Kris Krotzer of Gibsonburg as Little Beebo, Aubrey Fleming of Gibsonburg as Sally; Lynne Hartley of Genoa as Miss Sara; Sheryl Allan of Genoa as Miss Alice; Joe Angelone of Gibsonburg as Skeeter; and Deb Wallace of Millbury as Mattie Sue. Young performers from the Gibsonburg and Genoa areas are also featured. The director for the production is Donna Wollenslegel.
Curtain times are 8 p.m. for the Friday and Saturday shows and 2 p.m. Sundays.
For those whose holidays would not be complete without a fruitcake, the theatre will hold a fruitcake fundraiser during the run of the show. A 14-ounce “bullet loaf” will be available for $8 and a 1-pound, 14-ounce tin will be available for $18. The traditional holiday confections are made by Texas Manor Fruitcakes. Those who cannot attend a performance but would like to purchase a fruitcake may call 419-862-2629.
For reservations, call 419-855-3103. For more information about the theatre, visit www.genoacivictheatre.org.