The island where I live has a thriving community theater group headed by an extremely talented young woman. She directs, builds sets, acts. But the thing I find most impressive is that she is also a playwright.
She has adapted several books into scripts for the group, condensing the number of people in the cast to fit the confines of her space and her pool of actors. Of course, she also uses already published plays if they fit her requirements.
It is fun to see people you know taking on a character in a play. It is also amazing to see the sets, props, and costumes that can be created on a limited budget. I commend their ingenuity.
Before I moved to Florida, I participated in two community theater companies. I performed with one and worked backstage with the other on sets and props. I have thought about becoming involved with this local playhouse, but I am committed to my singing group and really don’t have the time to devote to both. Maybe some day.
Last fall, I began to write a Christmas-themed book featuring a theater group to add to my Calusa Town Tales series. I’ve tabled it for now until I finish the non-Calusa book I’m working on.
Do you enjoy Christmas books? What scenes do you like to see included?