Associate Artistic Director Alan Kilpatrick, who has been involved with the production as an actor/director, since its world premiere at Theatre in the Square in 1999 said, “This production has been incredibly well received for 14 years at Theatre in the Square, and it really has become something of a Marietta tradition.”
The story is set with the Great Depression coming to a close but the threat of war on the horizon because of the recent attack on Pearl Harbor. In the rural town of Mount Pleasant, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the Sanders’ only son is shipping out with the Marine Corps. Before he goes, the Sanders Family Singers attends the annual Christmas celebration at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.
“It’s a show with a great big heart, and that makes it a particularly good show for holiday time. It’ll put you in the mood for the holidays even despite the fact that they can tend to get so busy and commercial that they stress us out a bit,” Kilpatrick said.
Sanders Family Christmas is a family-friendly holiday show. “It is sentimental, filled with great holiday songs, all played on a variety of instruments — 9 different instruments if my memory serves — by the actors themselves, and it is laugh-out-loud funny. If the first 14 years’ worth of patrons are any indication, the show’s characters remind them of someone in their family or someone they know,” he said.
“Many of our patrons tell us it’s just not Christmas until they see the show. The fact that the show’s characters are played by actors whom the audience has gotten to know over the span of all those years, makes it feel like they are seeing old friends or family,” Kilpatrick said.
First United Methodist Church of Marietta’s Family Life Hall is at 56 Whitlock Ave., Marietta.
Play runs through Dec. 22. For detailed information, visit atlantalyrictheatre.com or call (404) 377-9948. Tickets also available at box office in FUMC Family Life Hall two hours before curtain call.