Bossard to host Christmas plays

By Dean Wright -

GALLIPOLIS — The French Art Colony will be conducting a pair of Christmas acts at Bossard Memorial Library on Dec. 18-20.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” will be first, followed by “A Seussified Christmas Carol.” The Dec. 18 show will be 7 p.m. The Dec. 19 show will be 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and the final Dec. 20 show will be 2 p.m. Tickets for adults are $8 while tickets for students are $5.

“This is one production but it is two stories,” said FAC Executive Director Joseph Wright. “A single-story is one act. ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ is exactly the television special, word for word, with music and everything. It’s presented live. This is the second year it has been available to theater groups to do. It’s cast with all children including Snoopy and Woodstock.”

According to Wright, 22 children are in the project. The children will be in every performance. Wright says there are two casts. For example, there are two individuals playing the part of Charlie Brown, although they will be on the stage at separate halves of the show. This allows more children the opportunity to perform and take part in the production. All children will take part in the chorus.

Wright said this year was the 50th anniversary of the first airing of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” He also said it was one of the first animated specials on television to lack a laugh track.

“We’re really excited about doing this production and it presents us with some unique challenges,” Wright said. “It’s nice to do it with actual children because the show was originally voiced by children.”

“A Seussified Christmas Carol” is the retelling of the classic Charles Dickens’ tale as if Dr. Seuss had written it. The story is presented in the poetic meters and rhythms that Seuss was so well-known for in his children’s stories.

According to Wright, 15 individuals are cast for the second act. The cast is all teen and adult-aged actors. In this version of the production, some actors may have multiple characters roles that require a quick costume change.

“Both of the plays are loosely based in literature in a way,” Wright said. “Charlie Brown was based on (the Peanuts) comic strips and ‘The Christmas Carol’ is based on of literature piece and Dr. Seuss was a children’s literature icon and it’s all being performed at the library. It’s really a perfect venue for these two stories.”

For more information or to request tickets, call (740) 446-3834.

Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.

By Dean Wright