Carmel Community Players present Christmas comedy


From left, Emma Fox, Tom Smith, Tom Harrison and Susan Lange appear in Carmel Community Players’ Christmas show. (Submitted photo)

When Bobbi Van Howe read the script of “The Very Merry Xmas Carol Holiday Adventure Show,” she laughed out loud.

It was one of three plays the Whitestown resident submitted to direct for Carmel Community Players’ Christmas play. It was her favorite and the board’s.

“It’s not like any other Christmas show they’ve ever seen,” Van Howe said.

The play is set for seven performances from Dec. 6 to 15 at The Cat, 254 Veterans Way, Carmel.

A narrator’s retelling of Christmas tales unravels into an action-packed adventure, when Frosty the Snowman, Scrooge and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer seek to save the spirit of Christmas from the evil Xmas, who is destroying Christmas stories.

Westfield resident Tom Smith is the narrator.

“I tell the story of Frosty, Scrooge and Rudolph, and I talk to the audience some,” Smith said. “By the end of the show, I’m a character in the show.”

Smith wasn’t familiar with the play.

“I just like to do Christmas shows,” Smith said. “I like the whole festive atmosphere.”

Westfield High School sophomore Emma Fox portrays Rudolph.

“I’m really thankful for the experience and it’s been a learning experience to be able to work with people older than me,” she said. “Rudolph is a little crazy and he does some weird things. He’s very bipolar. I have to go from happy to sad to crying, all in one scene.”

Tom Harrison, Westfield, plays Scrooge.

“I like the quirkiness of it. It’s not your typical ‘Christmas Carol,’” Harrison said. “It’s a lot of fun. This is actually the first Christmas show I’ve ever done. I’ve done other shows, mostly musicals. I mostly do commercial work, but occasionally it’s good to do stage work and get that immediate reaction from audiences.”

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