Get into the holiday spirit with Village Players of Fort Thomas’ Holidazed show

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Christmas time is coming, and the Village Players of Fort Thomas will present “Holidazed” celebrate the holiday season.

This show, which features nine separate plays, will be directed by Angela Klocke Forbes, who wrote three of them.

Village Players of Fort Thomas has been producing plays and musicals for nearly 60 years. Photo by Charles Infosino | LINK nky contributor

“This show is unique to Village Players,” Forbes said. “They will do five shows, rated G, family-friendly. Then an intermission. Then the remaining four have some adult language and themes.”

Forbes, who grew up in Fort Thomas and participated in theater during her high school years, is not just the director; she is also the president of Village Players of Fort Thomas.

Angela is not just a Village Players of Fort Thomas member. She is the president. Photo by Charles Infosino | LINK nky contributor

The plays that make up Holidazed are written entirely by local writers.

The first play is “A Christmas Uncarol” by Eric Thomas. Wayne Kirsch portrays Scrooge, Arny Stoller plays Narrator, and Stephanie Klein depicts Boy.

GenXmas is the second play. Bill Brohaugh and Lisa Holt wrote it. Fred Murrell plays Santa Claus, Rilla Foster portrays Mrs. Claus, Christy Carson depicts Elf Leona, Mark Waldfogle plays Winter, and Stephanie Klein portrays Elf Alexa.

Merry Whatever by Teri Foltz is the third play. Fred Hunt portrays Mike, and Lisa Hunt plays Shelley.

Angel Wings, Unfolded by A.K. Forbes is the fourth play. Saundra Bailey depicts Camille, and Adam Carter portrays Stan.

Santa’s Hard Road to Ho by Bill Brohaugh and Lisa Holt is the fifth play. Rose Vanden Eynden portrays Principal Hibbard, Arny Stoller plays Jacob Burton, Steve Phelan depicts Clarence Wellington, Jimmy Jackson portrays Fred, and Ally Knizner plays Olivia.

A Christmas-Slash-Birthday Story by A.K. Forbes is the sixth play. Rose Vanden Eynden plays Joan, Jimmy Jackson depicts Jeff, Colette Flowers portrays Miranda, and Stephanie Klein plays Amy Noelle/Albert.

The 50th Annual Winter Snowtacular by Sarah Willis is the seventh play. Ally Knizner portrays Sam, Lauren Davidson depicts Jonie, and Christy Carson plays Taylor.

What Doesn’t Kill Us by Roger Collins is the eighth play. Fred Murrell plays Greg, and Megan Schultheis plays Nancy.

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Actors rehearsing for What Doesn’t Kill Us. Photo provided | Village Players of Fort Thomas

Hearing Angel Voices by A.K. Forbes is the ninth play. Colette Noël Thomas portrays Mary, Josh Flowers depicts Joseph, Mark Waldfogle plays Balthazar, and Steve Phelan portrays Melthior.

Actors rehearsing for Hearing Angel Voices. Photo provided | Village Players of Fort Thomas

“This time of year can be pretty hectic, and so I think sometimes people are hesitant to make plans to come to a show or do something extra. But this show, it’s mostly comedies. It’s a very upbeat, overall show and most of them are world premieres,” Forbes said. “So, you’re not going to get this anywhere else. It’s happening here in Fort Thomas, and we’re pretty proud of it.”

Tickets cost $20 each. Seating is first come, first serve. The theater opens half an hour before the show. There are concessions and a donation box.

The Village Players will present Holidazed on Dec. 2 and 3 at 8 p.m., Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. and Dec. 8 to 10 at 8 p.m. This show is suggested for ages 13 and older.

Village Players of Fort Thomas is located at 8 North Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas. Find more information at villageplayers.org.

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