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Christmas comedy at Oliver School Theater

The Adams County Arts Council is presenting a stage production of the comedy, “Christmas Belles” at Oliver School Theater. The play opens on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. with additional performances on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and closing on Sunday with a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. The Oliver School is located at 3964 Wheat Ridge Road in West Union. Tickets are on sale now for $8, and may be pre-ordered by calling Bonnie Harover at 937-544-2711.

The play is set in the small town of Fayro, Texas during the Christmas season.

The action revolves around the three Futrelle sisters, Frankie, Twink, and Honey Raye, bitingly described by their snobbish rival as “the fertile, the flirt, and the felon.’’ Frankie (Jessica Huxmann), is overdue with her second set of twins; Twink (Robyn Reed), the vengeful sister, just released from jail after setting her ex-boyfriend’s NASCAR memorabilia afire, accidentally triggering a conflagration that devoured half the town; and Honey Raye (Davina Cooper), the new director of the annual Christmas program is struggling to keep the Tabernacle of the Lamb’s Christmas Program from spiraling into chaos. Miss Geneva (Betsy Miskell) the former Christmas program director who was bumped from the position she held for 27 years, ruthlessly attempts to disrupt the show as she plots her return to power.

Celebrity guest, Santa Claus – played by Frankie’s long-suffering husband, Dub (Kris Blanton) is struggling to pass a kidney stone. One of the shepherds (Phil Miskell) refuses to watch over his flock without pulling his little red wagon behind him. The naive and compassionate Futrelle niece G. J. Dubberly (Randalyn Worley) is Honey Raye’s staunchest supporter and biggest fan, while Frankie’s flamboyant friend Rhonda (Catherine Miller) is really rubbing the other Futrelle sisters the wrong way. Twink’s former boyfriend has mysteriously disappeared, and suspicion is focused on her, but the self-important deputy of Fayro County (Ken Smith) is more interested in pursuing Twink romantically than he is in arresting her. The avowed Futrelle enemy, Lady Patsy Price (Shirley Manley) waits in the wings to stir up trouble, while the big strong surprise; (Stephen Caraway) playing the devout novice pastor is put to the test.

Along the way, a longtime family secret of the squabbling Futrelles is revealed, and all hope for a successful Christmas program seems lost. But, in true Futrelle fashion, the sisters pull together to produce a play the citizens of Fayro will never forget.

Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!

Michael Roberts directs the production with Paulette Roberts and Sally White as stage managers. Scott Miller provides the technical work, with Angel McIlwain handling the programs. Cami Latham and Pete Lewis are the stage crew. photos

Here is the full cast of the Adams County Arts Councils production of “Christmas Belles. ” Back row, from left, Catherine Miller at “Ronda Lynn”, Phil Miskell as “Raynerd”, Betsy Miskell as “Geneva”, Kris Blanton and “Dub”, Jessica Huxmann as “Frankie”, Ken Smith as “Deputy Buntner”, Shirley Manley as “Patsy Price”, and Davina Cooper as “Honey Raye”. Front row, from left, Randalyn Worley as “Gina Jo”, Robyn Reed as “Twink”, and Stephen Caraway as “Justin”. is the full cast of the Adams County Arts Councils production of “Christmas Belles. ” Back row, from left, Catherine Miller at “Ronda Lynn”, Phil Miskell as “Raynerd”, Betsy Miskell as “Geneva”, Kris Blanton and “Dub”, Jessica Huxmann as “Frankie”, Ken Smith as “Deputy Buntner”, Shirley Manley as “Patsy Price”, and Davina Cooper as “Honey Raye”. Front row, from left, Randalyn Worley as “Gina Jo”, Robyn Reed as “Twink”, and Stephen Caraway as “Justin”. Submitted photos photos
Local players fill the bill in Christmas Belles

By Patricia Beech

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