The community theater in downtown Leavenworth will conclude its 2017 season this weekend with a Christmas play.
But it will not be the traditional one that has been performed in Leavenworth for the last 40 years.
For four decades, the River City Community Players performed “The Spirit of Christmas” for its season-ending show.
But that show has been replaced by a new one, “Saving Mr. Winslow’s Christmas Tree Farm.”
The show will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Performing Arts Center, 500 Delaware St. Tickets to the show are $5 at the door.
The new show was written by Nancy Mazzia, a longtime volunteer with the RCCP. She also is the costume manager for most of the shows at the Performing Arts Center.
This was Mazzia’s first playwriting effort. She wrote the play in approximately two weeks.
The show is set in the late 1950s when many people began to buy artificial Christmas trees. Mr. Winslow owns a Christmas tree farm, and his livelihood is threatened by the new interest in artificial trees.
Santa’s elves find out about Mr. Winslow’s plight and work to rekindle the nostalgic Christmas spirit in the community.
Approximately 50 children have roles in the show, and many of them have speaking parts.
The play is directed by Melissa Terrien. Briana Janas is the musical director.
Mazzia said Terrien was instrumental in the writing of the finished product.
Members of the Deena Shroyer School of Dance will participate in the show, as well as the Cody Choraliers.
The show brings to an end the 2017 theater season in Leavenworth. The Performing Arts Center featured seven shows and two jazz performances.