Photos by Kenneth Farmer.
L-R: John Murphy, Jan Valley, Teresa Harris and Marie Stoney in Act 1 of Dashing Through the Snow sharing some sisterly
love for Christmas.
By Pat Jewell
Tater Patch Players
As we head into opening week, we are looking forward the stage play, but no play is complete without thespians, according to Kenneth Farmer, director of Act 3. Farmer has put together a cast that will showcase their talent not only as actors but as warmhearted people.
The scene takes place in the lobby of the Snowflake Inn in Tinsel, Tx. A traveling troupe appears to honor the final request of a fellow actor. Andy Kippenhan plays Ainsley Danforth, an actor currently appearing in A Christmas Carol. He is charged with a daunting task, but out of loyalty to his high school drama teacher and the man who “discovered” his overwhelming talent, he must succeed.
He is joined on his stage by Teresa Harris who plays Lenora Benedict, the costar of the current production. Marie Stoney arrives at the inn as Paulette, the stage manager who wonders why her actors have left the theater during intermission.
Since we all know that “the show must go on!,” questions are raised. Will they finish their mission? Will they get back to the show in time or will their audience get tired of waiting and leave? Come to see Dashing Through the Snow this weekend. You will see this act right after intermission. We promise that the Tater Patch actors will be there to entertain you.
Tater Patch encourages you to come out and enjoy. Their dress rehearsal, Nov. 21, is called Share Night. This is where folks who could not otherwise afford tickets can come see the show and share their laughter with the cast. For this show, the troupe asks that Share patrons bring a new toy not gift wrapped for the Marine Corps Toys For Tots campaign instead of a food donation. Share Night curtain is at 7 p.m. Regular shows are Nov. 22, 23, 24 and Dec. 6, 7, 8, 13 and 14. The Sunday shows are 2 p.m. matinees and all the rest are at 7:30. Admission is $14 for seniors and students and $15 for adults. Audiences during the run of the show are also invited to donate a toy to Toys For Tots. Opening week there is a special concession cash discount for audience members. Advance tickets can be bought online at www.taterpatchplayers.org. Box office will open for sales one hour before show time for each performance.