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Donna Browne looked outside her window Friday at the falling snow and seemed undeterred by nasty weather forecasts and cancellations. She figured just a bit of snow — not enough to make the roads dangerous — would make the Lasting Impressions’ dinner theater production of “A Country Christmas” all the more realistic today and Sunday.
Especially since her script includes a trip in the opening segment to grandma’s house — through the snow in a sleigh, no less.
“We’re going to do everything we can to go on,” she said, sounding more like a hearty character from the TV show “Mountain Man” than the writer and director of the local senior drama troupe.
The near-sellout shows slated at 6 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Sunday at Columbus’ Mill Race Center purposely feature a mix of the sacred and the secular of the season with a 31-member cast.
Act I, “Memories in the Photo Album,” opens with an Irving Berlin medley. Act II, “Birth in the Stable,” offers more traditional tunes with a ecumenical choir focused on a Nativity.
“But the script is the glue that holds the songs together,” said Browne of her efforts with writing partner Janene Plumm of Columbus.
And the wooden sleigh in the production is the prop that moves along the early portion of the story of a family spending Christmas Eve together. Columbus’ Geneva Foster, involved with woodcrafts such as carousel horses since 1971, built the device in a month in her garage when the troupe couldn’t locate a fitting one locally at antique dealers.
The five-foot-long sled, featuring a whitewash finish with red and green scroll work, has been a hit with the cast.
Foster said she and husband John, both among group singers in the production, find the stage a good way to unwind.
“I really enjoy the company of all the people,” she said. “Only thing is, I still get queasy before a performance.”
”A Country Christmas”
What: The Lasting Impressions senior troupe’s presentation of the musical dinner theater production, “A Country Christmas.”
When: 6 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Sunday
Where: Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St., Columbus
Tickets: Only a few remain for each show. $15 (includes catered meal from Sadie’s Family Dining) at 376-6612 or 372-9074
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