Ralphie (Grayson Ludington) getting his mouth washed out with soap.
By Nan Nawrocki
Tater Patch Players
The team behind A Christmas Story is indescribably wonderful. There is the added delight in creating the scenery and costumes for scenes that don't appear in the movie..... a safari, a rootin'-tootin' old timey shootout with the bad guys, and a visitor from Oz, just to name a few.
The Tater Patch volunteers have built scenery (and changed some of it a couple of times). They hung new curtains and painted, painted, painted. They've built stumps for a certain stagehand/cowboy to sit on. Costumes
have been found or made. They've trimmed -- literally and decoratively -- many, many artificial trees for the set, not to mention built a jungle. The stage hands, a crew unto themselves, are led by Stage Manager Jessie Ray. She has the big task of making sure every piece gets moved at the right time, and in complete silence from backstage. Well, complete silence except for the Bumpus hounds -- and you'll just have to see a performance to know what that's all about. All the stage hands appear onstage both moving things and as characters in the play. You'll see elves, some desperadoes, and several others, including a tree salesman and a delivery guy. Oh, and of course, Bumpus hounds. And never forget our wonderful crew that wait in the lobby to serve you a beverage, sell you a ticket, or show you to your seat. More great volunteers.
Assistant directors have become sound effects operators, Christmas card makers, list organizers, and a host of other jobs. While acting as the "sound guy," Assistant Director Gary Boyles is also busily planning his auditions for the next Tater Patch Players show. The first audition for The Kitchen Witches, which opens in February 2019 is this Sunday, November 18 at 2 p.m. The second is November 26 at 6 p.m.
Gary says he want to get the show cast and script to the actors before the holiday hoopla sets in. This madcap comedy about two rival cooking show divas on a small-time TV channel will have you rolling in the aisles. Gary needs two good women comic actors who can play a "mature" age character. There is also the TV producer, who is the son of one of these divas. His role is a fine comic foil to the duelling women. And for those wanting to try getting on stage with minimal lines, there is a TV camera operator who can be any age, male or female. So while the whole team is working madly to get A Christmas Story perfected for you, we're already preparing for next year.
Tickets for A Christmas Story (and for our final show of the season, Cool Yule with Gabe Russo and Friends) are available online at taterpatchplayers.org or on the Tater Patch Players Facebook page. Show dates are November 23, 24, 25, 30 and December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9. As always, Tater Patch will throw open the doors for its final dress rehearsal on November 20 for those who can't afford tickets right now. The troupe ask that those attending this Share Night donate non-perishable food or toiletries for the CARES food pantry.