No turkeys at Charlotte Players this holiday season
Charlotte Players kicks off November with an American theater classic, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” playing at the Langdon Playhouse in Port Charlotte Nov. 8-18. Director Ian Bisset has assembled a talented cast of local performers for this farcical black comedy the New York Times said was “so funny that none of us will ever forget it.”
The play revolves around the Brewster family, which includes a pair of spinster sisters who have taken to murdering lonely old men, and their two brothers, one of whom thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt and the other on the run for murder. Their nephew is thrown into a panic when he realizes what’s going on, trying to protect and discourage his aunts while maintaining a relationship with his fiancé.
At the end of the month, the Players present he fourth annual Madrigal Dinner over three nights (Nov. 29-Dec. 1) at First Alliance Church in Port Charlotte. The dinner is a medieval celebration of Christmas, with singing, dancing and musical productions by a cast of over 75 talented actors, carolers, dancers, gymnasts and jugglers. Enjoy a Wassail reception with warm spiced cider, then a formal call to dinner where a feast will be jubilantly paraded into the great dining hall. The evening will be filled with ceremonious holiday pomp and tradition.
December begins with another “holiday” production, “Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold,” at the Cultural Center Theater in Port Charlotte. Kimberly Richards returns as Sister, everyone’s favorite nun, seeking to solve the mystery of the gold presented to the Christ child. Sister’s “CSI: Bethlehem-style” forensic investigation turns her mission into an educational experience for her audience, with lots of laughs along the way.
On New Year’s Eve, local phenom Ken Crisp presents “Bring on the New Year” at the Langdon, with cabaret-style singers and live musicians. The evening will include singing, music, laughs and a special toast. Shows will be held at 6:39 p.m. and 9 p.m., making sure everyone gets home in time to watch the ball drop.