Waxahachie Community Theatre brightens holiday season with Christmas comedy

Community performance group brings semblance of normality to 2020 Christmas season

Hoping to bring a little holiday cheer to audiences this Christmas season, Waxahachie Community Theatre is performing the family-friendly comedy, Not a Creature Was Stirring, Not even a Moose.

Taking place solely in a newspaper office, the Pat Cook play follows the change of heart of editor J. J. Garnes as he intends to expose the corruption of his city’s officials but discovers the true meaning of Christmas, prompted by the letter of a young boy who’s given up on holidays.

WCT Executive Director Kasi Jones says the comedy is in the vein of Frank Kapra’s It’s a Wonderful Life, and the nine-member performance offers a chance for families to enjoy a semblance of normality during this Christmas holiday season.

“This is an opportunity for people to actually see live theatre and know that all hope is not lost — but there’s always hope when we work together for a common cause,” Kasi says. “Everything we do is family friendly. So, it’s a great evening or afternoon out for the whole family.”

Kasi says measures will be in place during the performance to mitigate infection risks. Audience members must wear a face mask to and from their seats, and seating is limited to enable social distancing. Also, everyone’s temperature will be taken at the door.

Waxahachie Community Theatre has operated for more than four decades, bringing performances to the city and a chance for actors to sharpen their performance skills.

“Our mission statement is to present premier, family-friendly theatrical activities and productions, to educate, enrich and entertain,” Kasi says.

Kasi says she hopes families will discover a new holiday tradition in WCT’s annual Christmas production, and that the current light-hearted performance has a message that’s especially appropriate during the 2020 holiday season.

“[What we hope to share is] that the magic of Christmas is not limited to children. Everybody can feel that magic and hope of the Christmas season,” Kasi says.

Tickets are $10 each. Children up to preschool age are admitted for free. For performance times and location, see the event listing.

Cast Members

Photo of the cast of Waxahachie Community Theatre
Seated are: Donn Cato, Terri Roberts, Jason Holloway. Second row: Annalynne Johnson, LaVonda Black, Mindi Holloway, Kasi Jones. Back: Cody Murray, Jennifer Bell, Billy Pritchett.

Jason Holloway (J.J. Garnes)
Previous shows:  Beauty and the Beast, Miracle on 34th Street, Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders

LaVonda Black (Delilah)
Previous shows:  Happy Hollandaise!, You Better Watch Out, Christmas Belles, A Charlie Brown Christmas

Jennifer Bell (Sarah)
Previous shows:  Christmas Belles

Mindi Holloway (Winona)
Previous shows:  Beauty and the Beast, Miracle on 34th Street, Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders

Cody Murray (Mayor Fosdick)
Previous shows:  My Fair Lady, Shrek, Miracle on 34th Street, Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders

Billy Pritchett (Barney)
Previous shows:  The Music Man, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hello Dolly!, Shrek, You Better Watch Out, Mamma Mia!, Beauty and the Beast

Donn Cato (Sergeant Slattery)
Previous shows:  Shrek, Christmas Belles, Mamma Mia!, Miracle on 34th Street

Terri Roberts (Buzzy)
Previous shows:  Cinderella, The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof, Once Upon A Mattress, Beauty and the Beast, Miracle on 34th Street

Annalynne Johnson (Fiona)
Previous shows:  Goldilocks On Trial, Annie, Bye Bye Birdie, Aesop’s Foibles, The Poisoned Apple, The Great American Talent Show, Mamma Mia!

Kasi Jones (Director)
Previous shows on stage:  My Fair Lady, Li’l Abner, G.I. Jukebox, Red White and Broadway, Hello Dolly!, Christmas Belles  Executive Director since 2010, this is her 43rd show to direct.

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