|Original play keeps the audience laughing|
|Written by Bill Schlichting, Pilot staff writer|
|December 13, 2011 10:33 pm|
Seating was added at every possible free space, short of the stage. Even then, people who arrived later than 20 minutes before show time were offered reservations for the next two shows – which are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16 and 17. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children. For reservations, call 541-247-4ETC (4382). The ticket price includes hot cider and home-baked treats.
The Rogue Playhouse is at 94196 Moore St., Gold Beach, a half block toward the ocean from the Curry County Courthouse.
“A Curry Christmas Carol” was written by Gold Beach resident Anne Tlaker, was directed by her with the assistance of Sarah Davis, and she plays the lead role of Ebbie Scrooge, the female counterpart of Ebenezer.
The story takes place on Christmas Eve in the lobby of the fictional Pioneer Palace motel in Gold Beach. The place is bustling with activity because a storm has closed Highway 101.
The road closure strands such characters as Italian dancers heading to Eureka for a Christmas performance, a pastor on his way to Port Orford to present a Christmas sermon, a man on his way to Eugene to replace his rusty Chevrolet, a couple celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary, a band of orphans and several others, all who entertain in one form or another.
Songs include many traditional holiday carols as well as songs celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
All of this activity tires out the miserly motel owner, who naps, incorporating a localized version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” into the script. Ebbie is first visited by the ghost of Barb Marley, who warns her of the three spirits she will encounter.
Of course, in the end, Ebbie changes her perspective on Christmas and brings gifts to all the children, who are visited by Santa Claus.
This production is filled with laughs as well as touching scenes and is a must-see show for the entire family.