'The One and Only Santa Claus

By Jesse Campbell (jesse.campbell@mountaintimes.com)

Article Published: Nov. 29, 2013 | Modified: Dec. 8, 2013
'The One and Only Santa Claus

From left, Hannah Wood and Emily Grant star in BeanStalk Little Theatre’s production of ‘The
One and Only Santa Claus.’

Photo submitted

Santa Claus will be coming down the down chimney, or beanstalk in this case, for the holiday production of “The One and Only Santa Claus.”

The play takes place Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 7 at 7 p.m., both performances at the Harvest House in Boone.

The production is comprised of child actors from the BeanStalk Little Theatre.

A synopsis of the play explains that the show is set as a television talk show, in which the hosts — Yule Tide and Crystal Flake — narrate and bring onsite reporting on a series of hilarious and heartwarming skits, as the reporters are tasked with tracking down the elusive St. Nick.

Along the way, the audience is greeted by many unusual characters, including elves and other holiday personalities. The performance is “family-oriented, kid-tested and another BeanStalk spectacular,” according to the synopsis.

In the past, the biggest challenge for the BeanStalk Little Theatre, a Boone-based, kid-focused production company, has been finding rehearsal space.

Founded in fall 2012, BeanStalk and its members take pride in offering the best in entertainment for an affordable price, according to a news release.

And while the community has been generous in allowing the young actors much needed room in rehearsing the summer production, “Night at the Wax Museum,” organizers dream of the day when they can have a theater of their own.

“We’ve had to beg, borrow and steal rehearsal space,” said creative director Amy Beane, who cofounded the theater with Andrea McDonough. “We’ve been in several locations. It has been great having the community behind us to let us have space.”

Child performers range in age from 5 to 16.

“Some kids have been with us for the past five years,” Beane said. “We get a new cast every year.”

Previously, the theater operated under the direction of Blue Ridge Community Theatre, but broke away in October 2012 as a separate entity.

Having the family-oriented atmosphere around the theater has made the lofty ambition of a completely volunteer-run theater worthwhile, Beane said.

“For us, it’s just about getting the family involved and doing things together,” she said. “Some parents don’t like being on stage, so they are working backstage and helping in the rehearsal process and production time, as well.”

Tickets can be purchased at Andrea McDonough’s State Farm Insurance office, located at 450 New Market Blvd., Suite 1, in Boone, and at the door one hour prior to each performance. Ticket prices are $15 for general admission and $5 for those 18 and younger. Refreshments and a holiday gift baskets raffle will be available each night.

Harvest House is located at 247 Boone Heights Drive. For more information, call (828) 312-0263.

Additional Images

From left, Hannah Wood and Emily Grant star in BeanStalk Little Theatre’s production of ‘The
One and Only Santa Claus.’
Photo submitted

From left, Andrew Cole and Lindsey Cole star in ‘The One and Only Santa Claus.’
Photo submitted

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