By Germaine Hupe
The members of the Winters Theatre Company have selected the family comedy “Fruitcakes” as their holiday play. With a cast of more than thirty performers, ranging in age from elementary school students to senior citizens, “Fruitcakes” is genuine community theatre.
The play will open its 8 performance run at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 18, with a gala evening presentation. Additional performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, and the following two weekends. There will be matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 27, and Sunday, December 4. There will not be a Sunday matinee on November 20 because of the community Thanksgiving celebration.
The plot of “Fruitcakes” concerns a small town which is famous for the holiday fruitcakes produced by two feuding sisters who share the secret recipe, but nothing else. In addition to the cooking spinsters, the town must deal with a chickenpox epidemic, an estranged old man, a run away child, plans for a Christmas nativity play and the usual holiday tensions which accompany a community celebration.
Although the play contains many comic situations, “Fruitcakes” also considers the very human problems of alienation, growing maturity, and eventual reconciliation as the play’s characters come to an understanding of the true Christmas spirit.
Plan to join the members of WTC when they present “Fruitcakes,” a wonderful start to the holiday season.
Tickets are $15 for the Gala Opening on November 18. All subsequent shows are $10 general, $6 seniors/students. For reservations or additional information, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-795-4014.