If you are looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend or next, look no farther! The Lake County Theatre Company (LCTC) is presenting dramatic readings of some Christmas classics under the title Family Christmas Story Time. Families are encouraged to come in their pajamas to this free event and enjoy cookies and cocoa while they listen to members of LCTC and well-known members of the community read The Polar Express, The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Night Before Christmas, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
I asked Producer, Laura Barnes, how she came up with the idea for the event. “The company needed something small to do around the holidays having just come off of a huge production of Chicago. This seemed perfect because it requires no set, no script or line memorization, minimal tech, etc.”
This is the first time that LCTC has ever put on this type of event and Barnes is hopeful that it will be successful. It will take place over two weekends on both sides of the lake. Says Barnes, “We decided to have it in multiple locations to maximize the number of people who would be able to attend. Sometimes people on one end of the lake can’t easily make it to the other end for a production. With readings in both Clearlake and Lakeport, we hope that it will be easier for patrons with transportation issues to attend.”
There was no shortage of volunteers. In addition to Barnes, her husband and Mayor of Lakeport, Tim Barnes, and District 4 Supervisor Tina Scott will also be reading. Other readers include local MC, Tony Barthel; a couple of current and former Lakeport and Kelseyville coaches and teachers; and yours truly (12/8). There will be several past LCTC cast and crew members and a few new faces, as well. While all four stories will be read each night, no two nights will be the same as the readers will change nightly. Saturday, December 7 there will be a sign language interpreter.
The company was already planning on offering this event for free so that all families would to be able to attend and enjoy it, regardless of their financial situation when the LCTC treasurer came across a mini-grant opportunity from the Lakeport Women’s Civic Club. “We applied and now the costs for this event are generously covered by them,” says Barnes.
Family Christmas Story Time ties in closely with LCTC’s mission: To provide the community with opportunities to participate in and enjoy quality live theater: by providing the community with a year-round schedule of quality live theatre produced to serve the cultural, educational, and entertainment needs of the community; and, by welcoming and providing an avocational opportunity for all volunteers interested in the theatre arts to participate in the many activities of community theatre.
Says Barnes, “Hearing classic Christmas stories (and promoting reading as a whole) certainly fits in with the educational and entertainment needs of the community. This event is also bringing in some brand new people who have never performed with us before, so it is providing that avocational opportunity for volunteers, as well.”
The community is warmly invited to attend this free event. Come in your coziest pajamas. Dramatic readings begin at 6:30 on December 7 (Sign Language Interpreter) & 8 at the Clearlake Senior Center at 3245 Bowers Avenue, Clearlake, CA 95422. December 14 & 15 the event moves to the United Christian Parish in Lakeport at 745 N Brush Street, Lakeport, CA 95453.
Free Admission, cookies, and drinks. (Donations gratefully accepted).
For information on this and other Lake County Theatre shows check out the website at LCTC.us
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This performance is not recommended for children under age 3 to ensure all audience members can enjoy the show uninterrupted. Please do not bring infants to the show. No lap sitting is allowed and children must have their own ticket.
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