Players preparing for Christmas events

November 7, 2018

The Watertown Players are preparing for their upcoming shows during the holiday season:

-- A special production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” will be performed at the Octagon House Museum, 919 Charles St., on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24 and 25, to celebrate the Players’ 30th anniversary. The performances will begin at 11 a.m. each day and run continuously until 3 p.m., with a new show every 45 minutes.

A double cast has been employed due to the rigors of performing. Former actors from previous Watertown Players shows have returned to perform in this production. The show is being directed by William Jannke, with the assistance of Dale Van Holten and Annette Weirick.

Nov. 24′s cast includes: Brandon Thomsen (Scrooge), Nathan Lampe (Fred), Jim Steffl (Bob Cratchit), Tess Mueller and Elizabeth Boxell (The Solicitors), Laura Basse (Narrator), Anne Penfield Grover (Ghost of the Past), Gwen Woerishofer (Isabelle), Jackson Palmer (Young Scrooge), Matt Emerson (Ghost of the Present), Jenny Farmer (Mrs. Cratchit), Liam Grover, Cannon Jo Wiley, Sophie Mattke (Cratchit Children), Eleanor Lampe (Tiny Tim), Margaret Smith (Mrs. Dilber), Jim Powell (Old Joe) and Luke Gantner (Ghost of the Future).

Nov. 25′s cast includes: Brandon Thomsen (Scrooge), Nathan Lampe (Fred), Jim Steffl (Bob Cratchit), Tess Mueller and Teresa Loepfe (The Solicitors), Tonya Toth (Narrator), Linda Ewert (Ghost of the Past), Rhonda Tesmer (Isabelle), Jackson Palmer (Young Scrooge), Leysa Miller (Ghost of the Present), Lisa Steffl (Mrs. Cratchit), Amelia Boer, Margaret Oestreich, Destini Toth (Cratchit Children), Eleanor Lampe (Tiny Tim), Brina Elliot (Mrs. Dilber), Jim Powell (Old Joe) and Hailey White (Ghost of the Future).

Tickets for the show will be available the days of the performances and can be purchased at the Octagon House. Adult admission is $7 and children 12 and under are $3. For this year there will be a special admission deal, with up to two children 12 and under being able to enter free with the purchase of an adult admission.

This year, since the visitor’s center has been demolished and is in the process of being re-built, audiences will enter and purchase their tickets in the museum’s basement kitchen and then be sent upstairs to tour the four main rooms of the Octagon House. Once they have seen the show, audiences will exit through the front door.

-- Open auditions for the Lux Radio adaptation of “Miracle on 34th Street” will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at the Watertown Players Theater in The Market, 210 S. Water St.

No prior acting experience is necessary. Most of the cast consists of adult actors and actresses; however, there are roles for a few children. Children auditioning need to be at least 8 years old and exceptional readers. There is no memorization involved in the show, as it will be done as an old-time radio show broadcast.

“Miracle on 34th Street” tells the story of the real Santa Claus, Kris Kringle, who goes to work at Macy’s Department Store’s toy department after the store’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity.

The show will be performed Dec. 14-16. Rehearsals will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. The show is being directed by Jennie Ortega.

For more information on the Octagon House performances, call the Watertown Historical Society at 920-261-2796. For more information on the “Miracle” auditions and other upcoming Players events, call 920-306-4364 or visit the Players on Facebook.

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