The Wolf Creek Players have been hard at work rehearsing and preparing for their production of a 1940s Radio Christmas Carol since September. The performance, sponsored by the Dysart Development Corporation, will be held at the Union Middle School auditorium November 29- December 2 and is the largest Wolf Creek Players production yet.
The Wolf Creek Players is a non-profit theater group that is located in Dysart and began in 2009. The group is hoping to attract actors and audiences from the surrounding communities with the goal of providing educational and fine arts opportunities to everyone.
"We're starting to get a following and people want to come see us. We get asked all the time when our next show is," said Anthony John, Assistant Director.
This will be the Wolf Creek Players’ first production with singing. Here, members rehearse Christmas songs in preparation for the upcoming show, which will be held Nov. 29 through Dec. 2.
The upcoming performance will feature three new members of the group including Christie John as Margie O'Brien, Carol Lorenzen as Toots Navarre and Roger Roseke as Buzz (Isadore) Crenshaw. The group is always looking for new recruits.
"We're all pretty good friends now. It's fun to get new people in and it's fun to put something together and have the public enjoy it," said John.
John estimates that by the time of the production, there are thousands of volunteer hours from the members of the group. Because the group is small and does not have a large budget, they work together to bring everything together.
Each cast member is responsible for finding his or her own costume and props. Ron McGrath built signs that light up for the production. One of the most fascinating parts of the production is the sound board that the group has put together. None of the sounds in the performance are electronic so they have collected items to produce the sounds needed.
With the help of each other and the community, the production is made possible. The Farmers Co-Op Telephone Company is also lending vintage telephones for use in the production.
The play takes place in a radio studio on Christmas Eve in 1943 and will feature sketches of vintage radio ads. The cast members promise a surprise ending and that the audience will love the story line.
"It is exciting and it's fun! This is the first time the Wolf Creek Players have incorporated singing so we're really excited about that too," said Director Reda Charmichael.
The performance will be held at 7 p.m. November 29th- December 1st and will be held at 2 p.m. on December 2nd. General admission tickets cost $15 and reserved admission tickets cost $20. Prior to the production on December 1st, a dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. at the Dysart United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Dinner tickets must be purchased by November 20th. Total cost for the dinner and show is $25. Tickets can be purchased by calling Nancy Havran at 319-476-3767. General admission will be available at the door.