Grandpa Hangs the Holly

By: Don Elser

Ever since tragedy befell Grandpa Howard on Christmas Eve 25 years earlier, he makes life miserable for everyone including himself. He won't let Mrs. Howard borrow his car for a fund-raising drive and won't listen to a plea from Mr. Howard and daughter Susan to borrow money for a very important business deal for Susan's boyfriend. Young Larry and the neighborhood pest, Betty, are constantly running afoul of Grandpa's temper. Pathos and fantasy come from Grandpa's dreamy reminiscing over the beautiful girl who was once his wife, and humor arises from the hilarious actions of Larry and Betty. Grandpa contributes his share of humor, too, and some sensible philosophy when, in the last act, he does an about-face and shows what the Christmas spirit really is.


Production staff

Music director                    Rachel Faidley

Stage manager                     Pam Ratliff

Poster/playbill cover        Stephanie Alexander

Costumes                              Sue Beukema and Cast

Light crew                            Tim Blount, Wanda Blount

Set crew                                Sue Beukema, Harvey Olsthoorn, Sandy Olsthoorn,
                                                Michael Thrasher

Stage crew                            Ellen Schumann, David Ratliff

Painting                                Stormy Storm, Michael Thrasher, Ellen Schumann

Props                                      Pam Ratliff, Ellen Schumann

Sound                                   John Dougan

Make-up                                Cindy Healey, Pete Sciarrotta

Hair                                       Kelly Lange

Directed by: Terry Faidley & Mel Wilson

Production: December 4th, 5th, 6th, 10th, 11th, & 12th: 2009


Grandpa Howard – John Adams

Mr. Howard – Larry Daft

Mrs. Howard – Robin Stoner

Susan Howard – Natalie Lourens

Larry Howard – Michael Talbot

Mrs. Leland – Connie Jagau

Betty Leland – Skye Westendorf

Miss Birch – Desiray Lange

Arthur Colby – Lonnie Appleby

Ann – Echo Burns

Voice of Sarah – Ellen Schumann

Carolers – Kaylee Lange, Westen Matthews, Jandi Matthews, Danica Westendorf, Emily Mehmen, Harriet Harmelink,Jake Herbold, Grace Kingery, Bailee Shipley