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ACT’s “Plight Before Christmas” Is Fun For The Holidays




The ACT cast is busy rehearsing for its production “The Plight Before Christmas.” First row, from left: Michelle Johnson, Myah Shaffer, Stan Short, Sue Short, Jan Delaney. Second row: Lindsay Rohrs, Phil Badenhop, Bethany Collins, John Taquino, Randy Rohrs, Kathryn Lillie, Jeff Patterson, Shawn Liechty, and Ed Mooney.– courtesy photo

The ACT cast is busy rehearsing for its production “The Plight Before Christmas.” First row, from left: Michelle Johnson, Myah Shaffer, Stan Short, Sue Short, Jan Delaney. Second row: Lindsay Rohrs, Phil Badenhop, Bethany Collins, John Taquino, Randy Rohrs, Kathryn Lillie, Jeff Patterson, Shawn Liechty, and Ed Mooney.– courtesy photo

Those attending the Archbold Community Theatre production of “The Plight Before Christmas” will be subjected to more than a month’s worth of bad puns and stupid jokes.

But that’s part of the fun.

An old-fashioned melodrama, the show gives the audience the opportunity to boo the villain, played by John Taquino, Archbold, cheer the hero, played by Stan Short, Archbold, or sigh over the maiden in distress, played by Myah Shaffer, Wauseon.

Steve Van Sickle, Archbold, the show’s director, said he asks the cast of “The Plight Before Christmas” to “go far beyond the scope of reality, and become almost cartoon-like.

“More than half the cast has never even seen a melodrama, so it creates a fun challenge for all of us.

“We haven’t made it through one practice yet without the whole cast bursting out in laughter at some new antic from another cast member.

“It’s been a blast.”

Other members of the cast are Sue Short, Jeff Patterson and Jan Delaney, Archbold; Shawn Liechty, Pettisville; Randy and Lindsey Rohrs, Ridgeville Corners; Michelle Johnson and Phil Badenhop, Wauseon.

Others in the show include Bethany Collins, Pionner; Kathryn Lillie, Holgate; and Ed Mooney, Continental.

Teresa Van Sickle, Archbold, is the producer; Fairy Riter, Stryker, is the assistant director.

ACT presents “The Plight Before Christmas” Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3-4, 10- 11, at 8 pm, with a Sunday matinee Dec. 12 at 2:30 pm. Dinner theatres are available for all performances.

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