It’s never too early for Christmas, especially at the Snowflake Inn in Tinsel, Texas, where it’s Christmas 365 days of the year.
That’s the premise of “Dashing Through the Snow,” which opens Nov. 13 at the Rochester Repertory Theatre and runs through Dec. 5. The production is one of the earliest Christmas-related performances of the season locally.
“We wanted something totally different from the same old, same old for Christmas,” said Cheryl Frarck, who is directing the show. “I thought this would work. It’s a little lighter fare.”
The comedy, written by the team of Jamie Wooten, Jessie Jones and Nicholas Hope (“Dixie Swim Club”), takes place over four days leading up to Christmas Day itself. In each scene, a different set of guests arrive at the inn, where innkeeper Trina seeks to make their stay enjoyable.
“They’re all families of a different sort,” Frarck said. There are two actors from a touring theatrical company, a couple looking for a romantic getaway, and, Frarck said, “the nephew of two old biddies who decides he doing to reunite them because there’s been a family feud for 35 years and nobody can remember why they’re feuding.”
In other words, it’s just another holiday season at the Snowflake Inn, but with a twist of comedy.
“It’s not a farce,” Frarck said. “It’s not making fun of people. It’s making fun of human nature. But it does it in a very charming, light-hearted fashion. The playwrights really like people. There is not a bit of nastiness in it.”
Frarck has cast Rep veteran Christine Boos as the innkeeper. Also in the cast are Becci Miller, Mike Tri, Karen Masbruch, Annette Schuler, Lisa Koenig and Blake Hogue. Oh, and Frarck has cast herself as one of the “old biddies.” “I was selfish and cast myself in my favorite role,” she said.
With rehearsals for this Christmas show starting well before Halloween, the cast has been getting into the holiday mood by decorating the set. “The set is all of the kitsch you hoped to never see again,” Frarck said. “You could say this is the ugly Christmas sweater of sets. The cast members are bringing in all those kitschy things they had hidden.”