You can be among the first ever to see spe­cial Christ­mas play be­ing per­formed

The Telegraph (Macon) - - Stay Connected - BY KIM­BERLY CASSEL PRITCH­ETT

The Warner Robins Lit­tle The­atre’s fundrais­ing Christ­mas play “Merry Christ­mas Robert Maxwell” is a hol­i­day play about fam­ily aim­ing to spark hope and joy to kick off the Christ­mas sea­son.

When it came to writ­ing a fresh, new Christ­mas show for Warner Robins Lit­tle The­atre, Di­rec­tor Dot Leach knew ex­actly who she wanted to ask – Perry den­tist Michael Kins­ley, who also writes for Cen­ter Stage for Christ, at Perry United Methodist Church, and has a rep­u­ta­tion for pen- ning hu­mor­ous plays with heart­felt mes­sages.

“He did a show for us last year in the reg­u­lar sea­son, and I asked him to write a Christ­mas show; I never dreamed he wasn’t go­ing to di­rect it,” said Leach. “I am the first per­son di­rect­ing his show other than him and his wife; he and his wife usu­ally have con­trol over their shows. I feel honored they are let­ting me do this.”

Leach said she per­son­ally asked him to come up with the play for chil­dren and that is not be a typ­i­cal Christ­mas play that every­body does. She said she wanted it “to be en­ter­tain­ing, in­clude chil- dren and give a sweet mes­sage to the au­di­ence.” She says he gave her ex­actly what she asked for.

The four-act play, a fundraiser for the WRLT, which is bro­ken up by an in­ter­mis­sion, is a story about Robert (Jor­dan Allen) and Chelsea Maxwell (Kyra Du­cret), a young new­ly­wed cou­ple who are fresh out of col­lege and get their first apart­ment. Their neigh­bor Faye Gris­som (Ch­eryl Tay­lor) just hap­pens to be a so­cial worker with chil­dren’s and fam­ily ser­vices, and she talks them into fos­ter­ing first two chil­dren, Molly Dav­i­son (Tay­lor Nash) and Oliver Dav­i­son (Wei­land Cochran), and then two more, Ethan (Matthew Nash) and Libby( Chloe Beth Rambo), and then a fifth one, ac­cord­ing to Leach. The fifth “child,” Clif­ford Allen Ste­wart Jr. (Bill Fel­ton), is ac­tu­ally a 50-year-old man who is men­tally hand­i­capped and whose mother has re­cently died. Con­se­quently, they have an in­stant fam­ily

“It is a sweet story about how they teach their fos­ter chil­dren about love, trust and most im­por­tantly fam­ily and God,” Leach said. “It’s about real peo­ple and can show how fam­i­lies can be any­body com­ing to­geth- er, es­pe­cially dur­ing the hol­i­days, and can open up their hearts and have a fam­ily out of all kinds of mixes of peo­ple ... not born to you or part of the bi­o­log­i­cal fam­ily.”

Leach said the show is ap­pro­pri­ate for all ages, and in ad­di­tion to the show, there will be praise groups from a lo­cal church who will be singing. In ad­di­tion, the cast will be get­ting the au­di­ence in­volved in singing Christ­mas songs.

“There are parts that are very touch­ing, but the cute­ness fac­tor is in over­load be­cause of the cute lit­tle kids,” she said. “It’s funny. There’s a lot of funny parts. It’s a great mix­ture of all kinds of emo­tions.”

With this be­ing a fundraiser for the the­ater, Leach said that sea­son tick­ets will not be good for this show. Com­pli­men­tary hot choco­late and cook­ies will served af­ter the show. Be­cause there are only four shows, reser­va­tions are en­cour­aged.

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