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December 11, 2013

OCP celebrates season with 'Yuletide' joy

ORANGE — It is time to celebrate the season with a little “Yuletide” gladness at OCP.

The Orange Community Players present the third annual “Yuletide” holiday extravaganza at 7:37 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12 through Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Playhouse, 708 W. Division St. in downtown Orange. Tickets are $25 for all ages.

The show, which is being directed by Rico Vasquez and Paul Burch this year, promises to be full of fun and merriment and holiday joy.

The “Yuletide” production, which began in 2011, was initially created to serve as an additional fundraiser for the Orange Community Players. It was such a success that it became an annual event along with the spring fundraiser, “Broadway Fun for Funds.”

“We had originally planned on really changing up ‘Yuletide’ and giving it a theme and making it something that would really be different,” said Co-Director Paul Burch. “But the flu bug has really hit our cast hard. We have had several people drop out because they were sick or their family was sick. It’s taken a toll this year, but we have re-arranged the show and it’s going to be great.”

Burch said the tentative plan was to have several large scale numbers but, since the cast size has been substantially reduced, the “Yuletide” production will resemble the previous two events in design.

“There are several differences, but we have added several soloists and duets to the show now,” Burch said. “The best part is we have some new, shiny faces who have come to the rescue. It will be a good show and exactly what people expect.”

The “Yuletide” event will feature a mixture of traditional Christmas classics and religious hymns one might expect for the holiday season.

“We know what Christmas is about, and that’s the birth of Jesus Christ,” Burch explained. “So, we’ll have songs that celebrate the birth of Jesus, plus the songs that are about Santa Claus and Christmas.”

As a special added bonus, Santa Claus will be in town to see the show and, in the process, visit with children and guests starting at 7 p.m., each night. Guests will also be treated to food, wine, and wassail prior to show-time.

“Santa Claus is always a popular person, and he is excited to meet the children and their parents who come to see ‘Yuletide,’” Burch said. “It’s always such a fun event, and we hope everyone can come see what ‘Yuletide’ is all about.”

Call 409-882-9137 for reservations or visit www.orangecommunityplayers.com for more information.

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