LANESBORO — If you can’t attend every Christmas performance in the area this year (and the list is extensive, see page 5) then Lanesboro’s Commonweal Theatre is offering the perfect solution: “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some),” all wrapped up in 90 minutes.
The madcap journey through our favorite holiday shows starts with preview performances Nov. 14 and officially opens Nov. 21.
“This is just fun, which is what the holiday season is for me,” said Scott Dixon, who is directing the show. “No matter how you celebrate, it’s a celebration of joy and hope.”
The play takes place at a community theater that is scheduled to, once again, present the annual Christmas-season production of “A Christmas Carol.” Three actors decide, instead, to riff on some of their favorite Christmas plays and movies, including “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” and even “The Nutcracker.” Eventually, they even get around to spoofing “A Christmas Carol.”
The show in some ways mirrors the annual dilemma at the Commonweal, Dixon said.
“You always kind of wrestle with ‘What are going to do in this slot?'” Dixon said. “Is it time to bring ‘A Christmas Carol’ back?”
It wasn’t time bring back “A Christmas Carol” this year at the Commonweal. So when Diana Jurand, a Commonweal actor, suggested “Every Christmas Story Ever Told,” the company was ready for it — especially coming off a relatively heavy production, “Arcadia.”
“We read it and thought it was really funny,” Dixon said. “It fits well with the kind of madcap, improvisational theater we like to do with a small cast.”
The play features Jurand, Hal Cropp and Mike Swan, and is appropriate for all ages.
“I think kids will get it,” Dixon said. “There’s a lot of humor that will work at two levels. We encourage families to come. There is such a spirit to this play.”
And there might be a chance to sing along. “You can’t do every Christmas show ever done without singing every Christmas carol ever sung,” Dixon said.