"Dashing Through the Snow" is in its final week at the Civic Theatre. (Photo submitted)
"Dashing Through the Snow" is in its final week at the Civic Theatre. (Photo submitted)

VAN WERT – Mary Ann Falk in describing the current production at the Van Wert Civic Theatre, describes it as, “a lot of fun, a production that does a nice job of mixing several new characters with a couple of veterans.”

The production is in its second weekend of running. Shows this weekend will run Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and a Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.

This show is split into four scenes. Each scene has its own characters and plot arc. Once that scene is over, those characters are gone–with the exception of Trina, the owner of the B&B who is in every scene; Mr. Boykin, who is only heard in the first three scenes; and Lou Ida, who is heard in the first two scenes.

“This show is fast-paced, silly, and touching in spots. Come join us as the cast, directed by Steve Lane, brings this show to life,” said Falk.

Its four days before Christmas in the tiny town of Tinsel, Texas, and a colorful parade of guests arrive at the Snowflake Inn to cause holiday comedy. A niece and nephew try to end a 30 year feud; actors from a touring production of A Christmas Carol arrive to fulfill a promise; Mrs. Claus and one of Santa’s elves attempt a lover’s rendezvous, and a family plans spur-of-the-moment Christmas Eve wedding.

Some of the cast members who the audience will meet includes Mr. Boykin (Burdette Bolenbaugh), never satisfied, annoying guest, Binky (Travis Nihiser), spry, energetic, Santa’s elf, in love with Mr. Claus and Cuddles (Amber Evans), matronly, actually Mrs. Claus, is having a tryst with Binky. A few other cast characters include Ennis Pucket (Terry Plas), Hoyt and Donna’s aunt, 80’s, curmudgeonly and sharp-tongued, fanatic about cleanliness and bugs, Della Crowder (Ann Nussbaum), Ennis’s sister, feisty, sweet-faced old lady, feuding with her sister for 35 years and Ainsley Danforth (Ken Markward), pompous, overly dramatic actor, playing Scrooge at the local fire station.

Falk said that many of the cast members for this production are new to the stage.

“They’ve never had a role before,” said Falk. “It’s been fun putting them into the mix with a couple of veterans."

“The real joy has been seeing how much the cast is enjoying this,” continued Falk. “There is great camaraderie between everyone.”