‘A Nice Family Christmas’ to be presented by Theatre West

Theatre West’s production of “A Nice Family Christmas” will open on Thursday, Dec. 27, and run through Jan. 20, 2019. Pictured are cast members Don Bambrough, left, Ida Liise Putansu, Patti Siberz, Paul Wilhelmi, Lauren Hahn, Julie Bradley and Kevin Fanter. (Courtesy photo)

Play opens Dec. 27

Theatre West presents “A Nice Family Christmas,” a comedy by Phil Olsen. The director is Rich Emery, who directed “Meanwhile, Back on the Couch” last season. He has both acted and directed at Theatre West.

The play will run from Dec. 27 through Jan. 20, 2019 at Theatre West. It will be presented on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. There will be one Sunday matinee on Jan. 20, with curtain at 2 p.m.

On regular performance days, the box office is open at 4 p.m. The doors open at 7 p.m., and the play begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. Advance reservations for all performances are recommended and can be made by calling 541-994-5663 — leave a message and someone will call you back.

The Story: It’s Christmas Eve, and a young newspaper reporter on the brink of being fired has been assigned a last-chance story about a typical family Christmas — his family’s Christmas. He goes home to his recently widowed mother, his crazy uncle, his eccentric grandmother and his battling siblings and their neurotic spouses, who provide no shortage of material. The question is, will the magic of Christmas bring this family back together?

The cast consists of Carl (Paul Wilhelmi), Mom (Patti Siberz), Grandma (Ida Liise Putansu), Michael (Kevin Fanter), Stacy (Lauren Hahn), Uncle Bob (Don Bambrough) and Jill (Julie Bradley).

In addition to Emery as director, the crew consists of Bruce Mace, assistant director; Cathye Wehr, stage manager; and Kate Daschel, lights and sound.

Theatre West is located at 3536 SE Highway 101 in Lincoln City. Tickets for the show are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (60 and over) and for students (over 12) and $10 for children 12 and under. A special group discount is available at $12 per ticket for groups of 10 or more with a pre-paid reservation. Season tickets (five shows) for two people are available for $120.

Theatre West is a nonprofit, all volunteer community theater dating back to 1975. Membership is open to all, with dues at $15 per year for individuals, $25 for couples and $35 for families. Everyone in the community is invited to join and support Lincoln City’s community theater. 

More information about the theater can be found online at www.theatrewest.com or by call 541-994-5663 anytime. People can also find Theatre West of Lincoln City on Facebook and Twitter.