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‘A Play on Christmas’ takes on holidays, theatre itself

Michael Tortorich
Lauren Meyers and Morgan Westbrook play a director and an assistant director.

Ascension Community Theatre’s “A Play on Christmas” is a two-for-one deal, as it is a play within a play.

Written and directed by Roger Johnson and Ami Clouatre-Johnson, the show is both a humorous and reflective look into the production of a Christmas play.

The annual Christmas production is the fifth for the Johnsons. It typically features about 60 young people from the area, ranging in age from 8-17 years old.

The purpose of the show is to give them an opportunity to work in a big venue, Roger said.

ACT’s main stage shows typically do not need many parts for children.

“It allows them to see if they have interest in theater, and they can try out a bigger production,” Roger said.

In developing the script, some of the aspects came from actual experiences in putting on theatrical productions. Scenes delve into the camaraderie between the actors and the crew, as well as the “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong” nature of theatre.

Casting can be tricky also. As many as 85 have auditioned, so in writing a script, room to make casting changes may be needed. An all-night re-write was needed to add characters this time, Roger said.

Credit for pulling everything together also goes to the parents who worked on the production, he said.

“We’ve had tremendous support from the parents,” Roger said. “There is no way we could put this on without the parents.”

The show runs Dec. 17-19 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Pasqua Theater, 823 Felicity St., Gonzales.

Reserved seating tickets are $10.

For more information, call 225-647-1230 or go to ascensioncommunitytheatre.org.

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