By FRANK PHILLIPS
Bad elves go down - all the way down to the South Pole! And, they wear black hats trimmed in white with "Bah Humbug" emblazoned on the brim.
That's one of the delightful surprises awaiting guests of Community Theatre of Clay County Inc. during its 2002 "Christmas at the Lark ... Stories, Songs and Stars" show, wrapping up Saturday. The theater is located on National Avenue, across from Riddell National Bank.
The first thing you notice upon entering the theater -- after seeing friendly faces of people you know and those you don't -- is the beautiful Christmas decorations that adorn the stage.
Red lights and green lights and snowflakes on backdrops,
Candies and cookies in Santa's warehouse.
These are a few of our favorite things!
Christmas at the Lark is divided into two acts.
Act 1 is a fun, Christmasy scene that takes place at Santa's warehouse and candy factory the night before Christmas.
Act 2 follows a 10-minute intermission and is comprised of more serious religious Christmas music.
I wouldn't be surprised if the 2002 Christmas show is remembered as one of the best in the theater's 19 seasons.
Rita Rothrock, Susan Sneddon, Rick Swearingen Jr. and John Penry are to be congratulated on their wonderful music. Thursday night, Rothrock, Swearingen and Penry jammed in a dinner music session that was a show stopper in itself.
Our local community theater is something not to be missed. It is just another of the wonderful things that makes Clay County special. Not many small cities can boast a dinner theater. No wonder a large group of folks from Indianapolis plan to visit the theater Saturday, as Dinner Theatre Coordinator Barbara Randall mentioned. She and husband, the Rev. Edward Randall, add to the wonderful atmosphere at the Lark Theatre.
The next production is "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" March 3, 4, 6-8.
The cast includes Elaine Clarke, Carol McConnell, Michelle McCrea, Keri Fagg, Lisa Myers, Alyssa Papinchock, Ashlee Vitz, Nancy Kulow, Sandy Gibbens, Melody Lunsford, Roberta Morthland, Misty Rissler, Ashton Swearingen, Christopher Swearingen, Sarah Bell, Macy Lunsford, Samantha Gibbens, Sarah Braun, Katie Sears, Vince Braun, Rod Clarke, Kevin McCrea, Carl McKinney, Lee Reberger, T. J. Sneddon, Jim Garber, Bill Morthland, Mitchell Lunsford, Michael Lunsford, the Rev. Edward Randall, Ashley Swearingen, David Swearingen, Ashley McDonald, Hannah Yeiser, Alexis Gibbens, Kendra McCrea, Nicholas Sears and Chelsea Sears.