Meet a theatre troupe whose Christmas spirit sparkles far more than their acting talent! In this two-act collection of comedy scenes, amateur thespians are preparing a Christmas Eve production at the community center, but nothing is working right. Meet Jordan, who demands fresh flowers in his dressing room (the broom closet); Nicky, whose Christmas monologue is "enhanced" with all the wrong sound effects; and Red who's more than a little worried that Marley's ghost haunts the backstage. Boss, the director, is about to lose his mind! And it doesn't help that Lee and CJ, who were sent out to get a Christmas tree for the stage, haven't returned because they've met a skunk and their truck ended up in a creek. Will this production be ready to open in time? A joyous ending is assured in this show as the closing scene involves the audience in a Christmas carol sing-along.
PLAYWRIGHT SAM HAVENS
TALKS ABOUT "THE NICK OF TIME CHRISTMAS SHOW"
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A: I like the idea of flexible setting and casting. The show is very manageable because each theatre group can customize the script to their own particular needs.
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A: My favorite line is in "Sleigh Tune-Up" when Rudolph says, "One hundred gallons of glitter and a barrel of stardust." I also like the line when the Ghost asks for a Diet Pepsi. My favorite part in the play is Lee and CJ's misadventures in searching for a Christmas tree.
Q: WHERE DO THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
A: The characters are a composite of traits from my crazy friends plus a lot of imagination. The characters just want to put on a great Christmas show, but are stressed by their own egos and the fact that Christmas Eve is almost here. They are also spooked by the ghost!
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A: I wanted to invent a show for the wonderful community of theatre people. I just wanted to create a happy celebration of Christmas and a lot of laughs.
Q: ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SAY ABOUT YOUR PLAY?
A: I had a ball writing this script. I laughed out loud. I think all drama groups from high school to community theatre will love rehearsing and performing "The Nick of Time Christmas Show."