Yel­low Dragon pre­sents ‘The Rented Christ­mas’

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What hap­pens when you try to fake a “real Christ­mas”?

That’s the premise of “The Rented Christ­mas,” which will be pre­sented by Yel­low Dragon Pro­duc­tions in four per­for­mances this week­end.

Shows are set for 7 p. m. to­day-Satur­day, Dec. 6-8; and 2: 30 p. m. Sun­day, Dec. 9, at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 3210 So­cial Cir­cle.

“The Rented Christ­mas” is by Nor­man C. Ah­ern Jr. and Yvonne Ah­ern, based on the short story by J. Lil­lian Van­der­vere. The youth pro­duc­tion is di­rected by Joel D. Scribner.

In the story, John Dale hasn’t en­joyed a “real Christ­mas” for years. So, on the spur of the mo­ment, he de­cides to rent a Christ­mas from Anne We­ston, who owns the lo­cal rent shop.

Anne is at first flus­tered with the re­quire­ments: a tree with pre­sents, Christ­mas car­ols and also a wife and five chil­dren. She feels she has solved the prob­lem of a Christ­mas fam­ily by call­ing the ac­tors guild. But the young ac­tors come down with the measles, so she turns to the lo­cal or­phan­age.

When the guild can’t lo­cate a mother, Anne steps in to play the role her­self.

The story of how John Dale’s rented Christ­mas turns into a new life for all con­cerned makes this a warm story for the hol­i­day sea­son. Tick­ets are $5-$10. For more in­for­ma­tion: 260403-4095.

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The youth cast of Yel­low Dragon Pro­duc­tions re­hearses “The Rented Christ­mas.”

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