GREENSBURG – Opening Friday, Dec. 6 on the Tree County Players stage is the original production of “Christmas Cabin.”
The production, written and directed by TCP President and retired music educator Cathy Lincort, will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 8.
Featuring 23 well known and beloved Christmas favorites like “Let it Snow” and “Frosty the Snowman,” with a few traditional Christmas hymns thrown is for good measure, the play tells the story of nine stranded travelers in a wooded cabin on Christmas Eve making the most of their predicament by sharing anecdotes from their past Christmases and singing Christmas songs.
Accompanied by local master pianist Carla Ahrens and arranged by Lincort, the production guarantees to warm the heart.
Not the first show Lincort has written, she admits that penning a show can be a bit nerve-wracking.
“I’ve written for children and adults, and I have to make sure all the words are right and all the conversations make sense, but it does give some flexibility. If somebody says, ‘I really have a problem with this line,’ for example, we can just change it!,” she explained.
Lincort likes to be close to her productions so if a situation with blocking (where the actors move on stage) or a character needs changed, she can take care of it without consulting anyone else.
“It’s nice to have that control, but it’s always nice to get the actor’s input as well,” she said.
Lincort is most concerned that her audience leaves feeling good about just having seen the show.
“I tried to write about what makes Christmas special to me and my whole family, many are actually in this production, but I want people to be able to relate their Christmases with it as well,” she said.
It’s still a week out from the show, there hasn’t been a tech run-through yet, and some of the props are still being gathered, but Lincourt thinks the show is where it should be at this point.
“We had someone drop out this week because of a new job, but Dan Borns agreed to come in and is learning the part last minute. I’m just thankful he decided to help,” Lincort said. “There’s a lot of talent on that stage. We’re doing sometimes three-part harmonies and it’s really sounding nice. There are a lot of solos, but they’re really working on the parts, and it’s sounding great!”
The director hopes people come out and have a wonderful time.
“It will boost your mood and give you the Christmas Spirit,” Lincort said. “With the world as it is, it will make you feel good about humanity as a whole.”
Tickets are available by visiting www.treecountyplayers.com (click on “now showing” and follow the links), by calling 812-222-4766, or at the door.
Ticket prices are $15 adults, $12 members, and $5 for children under 18 years of age.