An evening at the theater, enjoying a couple of holiday-inspired acts, could be an ideal way to embrace the Christmas spirit.
The Averitt Center for the Arts kicks off Christmas with “A Night of Christmas One Act Plays” tonight and Saturday, with shows at 7:30 p.m. each night.
The two short plays are holiday-themed and drive home the true meaning of Christmas.
“Not On This Night,” a play written by Evelyn Jones, is directed by J.D. Lane.
Set during World War II, the Battle of the Bulge, the play is about a young French girl who is alone on Christmas Eve, and sets the table to accommodate the imaginary presence of her brother and her lover, who are off at war.
The appearance of first, a wounded German soldier, and second, an angry American soldier, brings a bit of conflict to the stage as each soldier is wrapped up in the rage of war. The young lady, showing a fiery spirit, talks each man into viewing the other as a fellow human being instead of an enemy, and the true spirit of Christmas envelops viewers as they discuss their country’s Christmas traditions and their own holiday memories. They all part in peace.
“The Gift of the Magi,” written by classic writer O. Henry and directed by Angie Hutchinson, brings to stage a young couple who are in love in spite of hardships and financial distress. Each worries about buying the other a gift for Christmas. The young wife saved money from grocery funds all year, but ends up giving most of her savings to a hungry neighbor.
The husband, whose salary has been slashed, is tricked into spending his money on a frivolous dinner with coworkers, and each despairs over not having the means to buy the other a special gift.
The wife sells her hair, which her husband adores, in order to buy him a watch fob for the antique watch his grandfather gave him. She doesn’t know her husband sold the watch to buy tortoiseshell combs for her glorious hair.
The message in this story is that Christmas is about love.
Each play features local actors who are sure to bring smiles to the audience. Christmas carols spark the holiday spirit and the enthusiasm of each actor is contagious.
Tickets may be purchased at the Averitt Center for the Arts box office today from noon to 5:30 p.m., and cost $12 for adults, $8 for youth and $18 for box seats. Members of “Friends of the Arts” tickets are discounted.
Tickets may be purchased online at https://aver.choicecrm.net/InternetTicketing/Templates/AVER/home.html.
The productions are sponsored by Queensborough Bank.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.