Local children to feature in Pines Players production ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’

The following is a release from the Ocean Pines Players:

In rehearsal for the Ocean Pines Players’ production of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” are, from left, Emma Feagans of Selbyville as Amos, and Emily Backof of Ocean City, who is cast as Calliope.

Nearly a dozen local children will star in the Ocean Pines Players’ production of Ken Ludwig’s children’s play “‘Twas The Night Before Christmas,” based on the classic poem.

The play will be performed on Friday, Dec. 13 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on 10301 Coastal Highway in Ocean City at 7 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday Dec. 14 and 15 at 2:30 p.m. at the Red Doors Community Center on 10959 Worcester Highway in Berlin.

The cast of young performers come from Ocean Pines, Ocean City, Selbyville, Berlin and Bishopville. They were chosen in November after an audition call by the Ocean Pines Players.

This delightful children’s story follows the quest by a spunky little girl named Emily, her friend Amos the mouse, and an elf named Calliope, who all want to find out why Santa missed Emily’s house the previous year.

The children, ages 9 to 14, cast in the show are: Alyssa Clymire of Ocean Pines, who will play Emily; Emma Feagans of Selbyville as Amos the mouse; Emily Backof of Ocean City, playing Calliope the good elf; Kenady Scott of Ocean Pines as Amos of Kansas, a cousin to Amos; Marlie Scott of Ocean Pines as Sir Guy, an evil elf; and Elise Baycura of Bishopville as Mulch, sidekick to Sir Guy. Rounding out the children’s cast as elves and reindeer are Amori Purnell, Maheila and Makaiya Robinette, and Seamus and Ewan Betz, all from Berlin.

Adult roles in the play will be performed by members of the Ocean Pines Players: Jerry Gietka, who also directs the show, and Lee Olsen and Kathy Wiley. OPP President Karen McClure is the show’s musical director. Andrea Clymire is the assistant director.

Tickets for the play are $15 for adults and $10 for children 3 to 16, payable at the door. Seats can also be reserved in advance on the Ocean Pines Players website at www.oceanpinesplayers.com.

From left are Elise Baycura of Bishopville, cast as Mulch, and Marlie Scott of Ocean Pines, as Sir Guy, rehearsing for the Ocean Pines Players’ production of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

OPP is also hoping to feature a special presentation by some of the students from the dance classes at the Red Door Community Center at St. Paul’s by the Sea. The Ocean Pines Players wish to express a special thank you to them for graciously hosting this production.

The Ocean Pines Players are a local, all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. Consider joining the organization to help continue the tradition of local theater in the greater Ocean City area.

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Ken Ludwig’s “‘Twas The Night Before Christmas” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

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