STEPHENVILLE — The Community Players, a new Stephenville area civic theater group, will present its first production, “Sorry! Wrong Chimney!” this Thursday and Friday at Tarleton State University.
The Community Players’ debut performance of the Leo W. Sears and Jack Sharkey adult Christmas comedy will be at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 18-19 in the workshop theater of the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $5 prior to each evening performance.
It’s 10 days before Christmas, and newlywed David Tuttle has secretly been moonlighting as a department store Santa so he can buy his wife a fantastic, expensive gift. He tells her he’s working late at the office, but she suspects his late nights are an excuse to sneak out to have an affair. The suspected other woman, some wacky neighbors, a slightly off-balance Santa burglar, his tough gun-toting fiancée and a hypnotized policeman (who thinks he’s an exotic dancer) add up to a rollicking lighthearted tale that is full of mistaken identities.
The production, which runs approximately two hours with an intermission, is intended for audiences 15 and older.
Serving as director of the play is Mica Hassler Parsons, theater arts instructor at Stephenville ISD’s Henderson Junior High School. Cast and crew members include Tarleton students Hank Baldree (David), Mary Meiron (Samantha) and stage manager and lighting designer Sarah McGrath; Tarleton assistant professor of fine arts Prudence Jones (Sheila); Tarleton alumnus and scenic designer Seth Williams (Kris Kreigel); as well as community members Miller Wells (police officer), Charlie Clemmer (Bill) and Debra Morris (Natalie).
The Community Players were formed in July of this year by individuals from Stephenville who were interested in forming a civic theater program. Proceeds from this week’s production will benefit the Community Players who began preparing for the play in August, said Jones.