Chetco Pelican Players: ‘A Christmas Cactus’

The Chetco Pelican Players presents its Christmas production, “A Christmas Cactus.”

The show opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Chetco Playhouse at 1240 Chetco Ave. in Brookings.

Free champagne and hors d’oeuvres will be served during the gala opening.

“A Christmas Cactus” is a story about how Christmas Eve is tough for private investigator Cactus O’Riley, a white hot redhead with the holiday blues. She is trying to lure her secretary Fred away from his protective mother, dodging the affections of Deputy D.A. Windsor, and considering closing her business.

On top of it all, she doesn’t need the added aggravation of two fugitives who burst into her office looking for justice and a dead detective named Jake Marley.

Cactus also doesn’t need Fred’s mother, who arrives to take Fred home but decides to stay because she thinks this is the Christmas murder mystery party she has always dreamed of attending.

Christmas turns into a dickens of a holiday for Cactus as she solves mysteries, delivers small miracles and takes a second chance on love and sleuthing.

The play runs at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 9 and 16.

Tickets prices are $12 for adults and $6 for students. Tickets are available at Wright’s Custom Framing and Art Supplies in Brookings, New Wave Video in Harbor and at the door. Call 541-661-4237 for reservations.

Brookings Harbor Community Theater: ‘A Christmas Carol’

The Brookings Harbor Community Theater continues its production of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Performing Arts Center at 15542 U.S. 101 in Harbor.

Final shows will be Dec. 14-16.

“A Christmas Carol” tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a greedy old miser who thinks only of money. Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, who died seven years prior on Christmas Eve. Marley’s ghost tells Scrooge he is to be visited during the night by three spirits — the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come — who help Scrooge on his journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for youth 12 and younger. Tickets are available at Wright’s Custom Framing and Art Supplies in Brookings and New Wave Video in Harbor.

For more information, call 541-661-0763 or send email to bhctheater@gmail.com .

Ellensburg Theater Company: ‘What Could Go Wrong?' and 'An Old Fashioned Christmas’

Ellensburg Theater Company (ETC) in Gold Beach presents two, one-act plays starting Friday at the Rogue Playhouse.

“What Could Go Wrong?” and “An Old Fashioned Christmas” are both comedies.

‘What Could Go Wrong?’

“What Could Go Wrong?” by Kim Kao Hines is a modern day look at the classic poem “Night Before Christmas.” Set in the present, a 13-year-old baby sitter (Mariah Carmichael) reads the legendary account of St. Nicks Yuel Tide visit.

Along the way she and the children are visited by the Santa (Rylee Weidemiller) who listens in to the poem and takes exception to what he and others challenge as politically incorrect items contained therein, for example, lamenting his “fat shaming” when the text alludes to his stomach as “shaking like a bowl full of jelly.”

‘An Old Fashioned Christmas’

“A Old Fashioned Christmas” by Sally Bowman centers around a friendly group of senior citizens at the senior center who one by one share with each other, albeit in a good natured one-upmanship ribbing, about what a “real” Christmas looked like when they were children.

The banter down at the center is pretty much on track until one of the oldsters (Anne Tlaker) gets the whiz bang idea to summon up one of the Christmas spirits (Mariah Carmichael) from the holiday classic story of Scrooge to help the reminiscing crew take a real look in the rear view mirror.

Two weekends

Performances are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 9 and 16. There will be Christmas caroling during intermission and free hot apple cider.

For ticket and reservation information, call 541-247-4382. The Rogue Playhouse is at 94196 Moore St. in Gold Beach.

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