by Germaine Hupe
The plot of “Fruitcakes,” the Winters Theatre Company’s holiday play selection, is set in a small Georgia town where everyone knows everyone else, and the title refers to the literally hundreds of fruitcakes baked by two spinster sisters as individual gifts for each of the local residents.
However, in the eyes of a 13 year old girl, a runaway from Atlanta, the eccentric behavior of some community members causes her to consider them as “fruitcakes.” She meets the local police chief and sole member of a one man department who over decorates his home with hundreds of malfunctioning lights and plans to make an ersatz reindeer out of a wooden pig (complete with antlers) whom he has named “Buster, the Christmas Hog.”
The local fisherman who seems to be the typical “good ole boy” is actually a former professor of English literature who recites poetry in an effort to charm the fish and increase his catch.
Then there is the older gentleman Mack, who sells whirly-gigs and other rustic folk art for a living and also has the local Christmas tree concession. He is the unofficial town confidant.
The feuding, fruitcake baking sisters decorate a tree for each of their many deceased relatives and live in two carefully separated sections of the family home; neither ever crosses into the other’s space.
These people, however, are much more than eccentric stereotypes. They are all too human, and most residents genuinely care for the well being of the community and each other. As the story unfolds, several characters experience reconciliation and learn tolerance in a rediscovered spirit of Christmas.
“Fruitcakes” opens on Friday, November 18 at 7:30 pm with a gala presentation. Additional performances are on Saturday, November 19 at 8:00 pm and the following two weekends, November 25 and 26 and December 2 and 3. There will also be two Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm on November 27 and December 4.
Tickets will be available at Pacific Ace Hardware and the Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Center. Reservations can be made by calling 530-795-4014 or sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org.