First Baptist Church to present ‘The Christmas Post’
L’Observateur / October 28, 1998
LAPLACE – “The Christmas Post” will be the third annual Christmas musical presented at the St. John Community Theater by the First Baptist Church choir.Performance dates are Dec. 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 13 at 3:30 p.m.Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children (12 and under); matinee tickets are $4 for everyone. Tickets are available at the church office,120 Ormond Blvd,LaPlace, or by calling 652-6219 or at Allied Express in LaPlace.
Tickets can also be purchased from cast and choir members.
Week after week, month after month, The Saturday Evening Post was a fixture in American homes. Norman Rockwell captured the spirit of American life on coverafter cover. What if a Rockwell cover came to life? What if we could take ouraudience back to that time? The Christmas Post does just that! The setting is a small mid-western town, Homesboro, Ind., on Christmas Eve, 1947. TheChristmas edition of 1947 is hot off the press, and it’s a day “when anything can happen, even a miracle or two!” The cast of characters include: Christie Garrett as Alice Garfield, a young mother widowed in the last days of World War II. She is almost out of luck – and out of faith as she struggles toprovide Christmas for her children. This is Garrett’s third year as the femalelead in an FBC production.
June Barfield LeBron debuts this year as Katie, Alice’s daughter, who wants to make Christmas really special for her mom and will make any sacrifice to make it happen.
Tim Patton also returns for the third year as the male lead, playing Elliott Herzog Jr., the head of Herzog’s Department Store. He likes everything to beship-shape, and he and Alice are on a collision course almost from the beginning.
Linda Lambert debuts as Hattie McGee, owner the of the Cornerstone News Stand. It is Hattie who controls most of the action on this hectic Christmas Eve. Rob Smith appears for the second year, playing Maxwell Q. Seldon, the oftenpompous sales manager of Herzog’s Department Store.
Tina Cantrell also debuts this year as the sassy Dixie, Herzog’s head cashier, Her chief delight is to deflate Maxwell’s ego and support Alice in her schemes.
Sgt. Buchanan, the friendly neighborhood cop, is played by Randy Noel; Bro.Sam, pastor of the Central Avenue Baptist Church is played by Gregg Morgan.
Susan Analla, Tricia Cortez, Brittany Dunkelberger, Brooke Garrett and Lauren Noel will play “newsies;” and Matt Walker, Patty Cortez, Ken Sandberg and Bernie-Jean Scallan return in supporting roles.
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