Stage Coach Players invites you to spend a portion of your holiday when they present the spoof, “A Christmas Chaos,” by Michael Wehrli. Chaos is the name of the game in this take on “A Christmas Carol” when a travelling theatre troupe doesn’t arrive to perform its rousing version of the Charles Dickens classic, so Stage Coach Theatre must quickly put together their own rendition.
Performances for A Christmas Chaos are November 29th through November 31st and December 6th through December 8th with a curtain time of 7:30, along with Sunday matinees on December 1st and 7th with a curtain time of 2:00.
Tickets are $15 each or $13 for seniors and children age 13 and under. To purchase tickets, visit our online website at www.stagecoachers.com. You can also call the Stage Coach box office which opens Sunday, November 24th. The phone number is (815) 758-1940.
Gloria Dennison directs A Christmas Chaos, the first show she’s directed since Monty Python’s Spamalot in 2015. The cast features Todd Pope as Scrooge (Gilligan’s Island: The Musical), Roberta Maxfield (A Christmas Carol: The Musical), Wendy Tritt (California Suite), and Sue Mullins in her first production with Stage Coach Players.
Rounding out the cast are Deb Brubaker, Terri Goodman, Teresa Haish, Kathy Hewitt, John Linderoth, Abbey Lippert, Ephraim Ndicu, Joseph Pontarelli, Christian Romero, Sarah Romero, Piper Schiola-Williams, Aaron Schyver, Jessica Seipp, Brad Shortridge, Riley Shortridge, Vincent Virtue, Olivia Woodruff and Julia Woodward.
In years past, Stage Coach has produced A Charlie Brown Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street and of course A Christmas Carol. This year Stage Coach chose a lesser known holiday play. When asked what drew her to this show, Dennison said that the play, “Brings together my wacky sense of humor and my love of the holidays.”
And A Christmas Chaos is wacky. They must put together in just a few hours a presentable version of A Christmas Carol using anything and everything they can find for the set, the props and costumes. This leads the theatre to use their imaginations. Dennison added that “The cast has surprised me by the consistent use of their collect imaginations.”
Abbey Lippert, who plays Fred, among other characters, said rehearsing for the play helped her get into the holiday spirit. “Being in this show has made it a lot easier for me to get the good vibes started. I usually find it hard to get into the holidays until we get the first big snow.”