“The show is very funny without being ‘slapstick,’’ said Dr. Reba Bailey, director for the Sanders Family Christmas. “And it will bring tears to the eyes without being ‘sappy.’”
The Sanders Family Christmas performances will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 and Dec. 10, and at 4 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Montgomery County Performing Arts Center in Downtown Winona. Tickets are $20 at the door. $15 in advance with all proceeds going to the Montgomery County Arts Council.
America is going to war and so is Dennis Sanders of the Sanders Family Singers. This is their last performance before the war forces the group to disband. The performance is 18 days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s declaration of war. With the United States in direct involvement in battle at Christmastime, houses are crammed with kinfolks as family members come together from far and wide to celebrate what might be their last holiday together.
The production is filled with hilarious and touching stories and 25 Southern Gospel Christmas favorites.
“I love the cast because they are all young people playing older parts,” Bailey said. “The youngest is 13 and the oldest is 26. They are all very energetic and have quickly learned dialog and all of the music.”
Bailey said it is important to her to match the right part to the right actor, taking into account variations of personalities. She said the right actor plays the right part. Makeup and costuming can alter physical characteristics.
“I love that this is a young cast,” said Paula McCaulla, executive director of the Montgomery County Arts Council. “I also love the music and I think everyone will love this play.”
For more information or to purchase advance tickets, contact members of the Montgomery County Arts Council, or contact the Arts Council at (662) 283-3750 or (662) 417-3429 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Montgomery County Performing Arts Center is located at 208 Summit Street in Winona.
See this story in the December 8, 2016 edition of The Winona Times at http://winonatimes.com/winona-slideshow-carrollton-slideshow-lifestyles/down-home-christmas#sthash.udHxzo27.dpbs