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Local theater prepares great Christmas play

Tater Patch Players to put on “Candle in the Window”

By Nan Nawrocki, Tater Patch Players

            I drove up to the Tater Patch Players theater on  Sunday afternoon.  As I got out of my car, I smiled at the landscaping, which was the work of many of our volunteers along with the Master Gardeners. 

            Entering the lobby, I started arranging the chairs for a meeting of our Board of Directors.  They are a volunteer group whose members are elected annually by the whole membership. We were going to vote on a number of things, including the plays for the coming year. 

            These were selected by a group of volunteers that had read and evaluated a number of shows.  I went into the theater and smiled at the beautiful set that had been built for our upcoming show, A Candle in the Window by L. Don Swartz. 

            This is a wonderful Christmas play about a group of travelers whose train is stranded by a snow storm at a small, rural train station on Christmas Eve. They and the stationmaster, Charley O’Reilly, are startled to hear a knock at the door while the storm howls outside. The seven children who enter the station bring a welcome diversion and also some advice that seems wise beyond their years. 

            Telling anymore would give away too much about this wonderful Christmas play. But I smiled because I knew our audiences would love it. Seven children and nine adult actors volunteered their time through numerous rehearsals and a lot of memorization. They are justifiably proud of the work they have done. 

            You will be able to see them for nine performances, beginning on November 24. When you come to the show as an audience member, Tater Patch Players hopes you will feel the magic of this play and of our theater.  We’d love you to become a member, just for the pleasure of belonging to this giving group of local people who delight in providing quality entertainment. Be sure and give the volunteers that greet you in the lobby and at concessions a smile. They are all volunteers who will be delighted to see you.

            A Candle in the Window will be presented on November 24, 25, 26 and December 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10.  The Sunday shows are at 2 PM and the others at 7:30 PM.  [See ticket info on ad below]      For those that cannot afford tickets at this time, we invite them to our “Share Night”. 

            This is our final dress rehearsal.  All we ask is that you bring a bag or two of non-perishable groceries of toiletries we will take to CARES food pantry  or a new toy, not gift wrapped, for the Marine Corps League’s Toys for Tots.  Share Night this year will be, November 28 at 7:30 p.m.. 

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