LINCOLNTON – It’s almost Christmas, which means it’s time to catch up on all the Christmas movies. Lincoln Theater Guild’s production, directed by father-daughter duo Felicity and Travis Sinclair of The Holiday Channel Christmas Movie Wonderthon, a sugar rush of Christmas movies begins tonight.
“Welcome to Hopewood Falls, Vermont, where singles in adorable sweaters gather to look for love,” said Travis Sinclair. “Could disguises help royalty and/or movie stars find the connections on earth they crave? Will evil urban predators destroy charming inns and/or Christmas tree farms? Isn’t it a little creepy for a sweet person to depend on a person who is in a coma? Grab a hot chocolate and your favorite wise-cracking single friend to find out in this wildly entertaining spoof of holiday rom-coms.”
This is Sinclair’s first time directing a production. Both have been in Lincoln Theater Guild productions for 10 years.
“We’ve been in seven great plays together and decided we wanted to direct,” Travis Sinclair said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to spend time together and do something positive.”
The hardest part of the production, Sinclair added, is auditioning and casting.
“We really wanted to get people to play the right roles to bring these characters to life,” he said. “We have an outstanding cast. They made it really easy.”
Felicity Sinclair, who is 14, cast her father as Blake, a Christmas tree farmer. In the production, an evil character from the big city tries to buy this farm to turn it into a golf course.
“All the things you think about in those Hallmark Christmas movies come out and they’re exaggerated,” he said. “The characters bring it to life. It’s one of those scenarios where you know what’s going to happen in the end, but the ride is pretty fun. We hope everyone has a really good time.”
The decor was created by the artistically minded Felicity Sinclair. Her father, who is an engineer for Duke Energy, built a scale model of the kit to make sure it would work, then they put it together.
Playing Holly, who owns the Evergreen Inn, is Lincolnton resident Caitlin Hager. Holly is penniless and can’t afford to keep the inn. She meets Brett (William Nordmark), who is a handy man but secretly a prince in disguise.
“When I read the script, I fell in love with it,” she said. “I thought it was funny with great characters. It’s just so crazy that you can’t help but fall in love with it, whether you like Hallmark Christmas movies or not.”
Watching him on stage, not many would realize that Nordmark is a newcomer to acting. The 16-year-old homeschooler plays his part with great aplomb.
“My sister was the plant in the musical Little Shop of Horrors,” he said. “She introduced me to the theater and I have a lot to thank her for.
“The British accent is a bit hard to maintain when I say something funny,” he said. “It will be even harder when the audience is laughing too.”
Susie Crews stars as urban drifter, lawyer, real estate mogul Mary (as in Merry Christmas) Bowling. This is Crews’ second play with the Lincoln Theater Guild. She played Aunt Em in The Wizard of Oz.
“I love Hallmark movies,” she said. “I really, really enjoy Christmas and love a good comedy. I’m here to buy the Christmas tree farm and turn it into a golf course.
Performance dates are December 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 7:00 p.m., December 4 and 11 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the Lincoln Cultural Center or online at lincolntg.booktix.com.
Cast and Crew:
Narrator 1Penny Schrum
Narrator 2 Amy Turner
Holly Caitlin Hager
Brett William Nordmark
Paul Charlie representative
Carol Sarah Bradley
Jackson Ricky Newton
Blake Travis Sinclair
Chris Larry Turner
Noel Sandy Eldridge
Sven Brandon Leatherman
Developer Lily Ruth Stokes
Bridget Brandi Sheridan
Jimmy Christopher Hager
TSA Agent Kirk Herbertson
Girl 1 Morgan Stanley
Child in VanHarper Maloney
Stage Manager Hannah Lee
The Lincoln Cultural Center is located at 403 East Main Street in Lincolnton.