It’s hard to believe that December is already upon us.
By now, most people have their exterior lights strung, their Christmas tree glowing and a few presents nestled under the tree.
As for me? My lights and tree are up, but that’s where it ends.
I’m behind, just like I am every year, and I haven’t done one bit of Christmas shopping.
I always say that I’m going to get a head start on things, but thus far in life, that’s never happened.
I have an excuse, though: I’m doing another Christmas show, and we’re rocking and rolling right into the performance weeks!
This year, along with my normal hustle for film and television roles, I decided to branch out and add a couple new theaters to my resume.
I live just south of Denton and have always wanted to get on stage at Denton Community Theatre.
Known locally as DCT, Denton Community Theatre is a staple in North Texas and calls the historic Campus Theatre, just off the square in Denton on Hickory Street, home.
DCT has been in existence for more than 25 years and has a reputation for consistently putting up quality productions.
My friend told me about their upcoming auditions, so I went out for their Christmas play, “The Christmas Express,” written by Pat Cook and directed by Dori Leeman, and was lucky enough to land a part.
The show takes place at The Holly Railway Station, a once beloved and bustling train stop that now sits empty, with the occasional train and traveler, in a town that’s equally as bleak.
“Hilda” and her assistant “Satch” (me) run the place, and even though the Christmas season is well underway, it isn’t until a mysterious passenger (Leo Tannenbaum) drops in out of nowhere that the holiday spirit begins to “cheer the place up a bit.”
During the show’s 90 minute run, you’ll get to know “Hilda,” “Satch” and “Leo,” as well as a whole slew of other small town folks from Holly.
One marital spat, a couple musical numbers and several mishaps is just what is needed for these country bumpkins to find the true meaning of Christmas and take the audience for a ride on The Christmas Express.
If you like Christmas, you’ll love this play.
We run Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and have matinee performances on Dec. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for seniors ages 62 and older, $15 for students and $10 for children ages 12 and younger.
Come ring in the holiday season, and enjoy the show!
Chance Gibbs is an actor and writer living in the Dallas area. He’s appeared in numerous television shows, films, professional and community theater, and TV commercials and has been a contributor to news publications since 2007.
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