‘Holiday Cheers’ opens on Farmington stage Dec. 20

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This holiday special will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, in Alumni Theatre on the UMF campus. Proceeds will benefit the Farmington Public Library.

Co-­directors Karen West and Robin Lisherness will play a couple who try to find the true meaning of the holidays by watching television. As they flip through the channels, they will find and comment on 12 different scenes, ­ and commercials, too, ­ that represent Christmas, Hanukkah, Solstice, Kwanzaa, and Festivus. West said of the show, “Think Bing and Bob with a twist.”

The 12 scenes are performed by actors, musicians, and improv artists, who will present a two-­act show that will give the audience a big dose of holiday cheer(s). The individual performances will range from the serious ­ comments from Mrs. Charles Dickens on her husband’s writing “A Christmas Carol” ­ to the absurdly comic ­ skit about two “frenemies” who attempt to outdo each other with holiday goodwill.

A large cast of mostly local talent includes a 9­-year old singer, a UMF professor, the professional music trio known as the Achords, and Farmington’s well­-known improv group, The Teachers Lounge Mafia. Many faces will be familiar to Sandy River Players fans.

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“There will be actor-­audience interaction, too,” said Lisherness, “with a couple of opportunities to sing along.”

Tickets may be purchased at the door: $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

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