Northwest Illinois Theater Coalition offers ‘The Ghost of Christmas Presents’

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The Northwest Illinois Theater Coalition (NITC) presents it final show of the season with its presentation of The Ghost of Christmas Presents, by Pat Cook. A perfect way to kick off the holiday season, this delightful and warm-hearted holiday yarn will open the weekend after Thanksgiving and play through Dec. 2.

Opening on the stage of Mighty Richland Players Dessert Theater, 203 W. High St., Orangeville, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23, performances continue through the weekend Saturday evening, Nov. 24, and Sunday, Nov. 25, for a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Ticket cost is $20. Reservations can be made for the performances at Mighty Richland Players by calling Monroe Arts Center toll-free at 888-596-1249 or (608) 325-5700. Visa or MasterCard only.

Next up is the annual dessert theater hosted at the home of Back Street Players at the Hanover Township Hall, 111 Monroe St., at 7:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Nov. 29-30. Because of limited seating, reservations are required and may be reserved and purchased for $12 at Village Hall, 207 Jefferson St., or by calling (815) 591-3800.

The show closes in Stockton at Plum River Playhouse, Christ Lutheran Church, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, and a 2 p.m., Sunday matinee, Dec. 2. Plum River Playhouse tickets may be purchased at Stockton Banking Center by calling (815) 947-2000. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

The story opens a week before Christmas, and returns are already piling up for a disgruntled employee (Melanie Frederick, Mt. Carroll) in the exchange department at Wallace and Sons’ Department Store. Unfortunately, Taylor’s sour demeanor is matched by the frazzled, frustrated customers in line to get their money back. The store’s manager, Mr. Carlisle (Reynold Nolan, Hanover), figures Taylor needs something to help remind him of the Christmas spirit. Just then, a mysterious stranger (Mary Jo Frederick, Mt. Carroll) enters the scene. She proceeds to put into effect the store policy of having “happy customers” by initiating a series of almost miraculous events.

Completing the cast are Kathryn Lincicum and Peter Woodruff of Elizabeth; Sue Wichman, Glenda Adams, Deb Ketzel and Lynn Epping of Orangeville; Carl and Joan Sanford of Freeport; Sandy Sweitzer of Pear City; and Terrie Miller of Mt. Carroll.

Directed by Peter Woodruff, with musical direction and accompanied by Ben Randecker of Lena, this show is sure to have audiences smiling and singing as they leave the theater.

The NITC is composed of Back Street Players of Hanover, Mighty Richland Players Dessert Theater of Orangeville and Plum River Playhouse of Stockton.

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Posted Nov. 21, 2012

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