The Rented Christmas will make you laugh as easily as it will tug at your heart.
The Valley Theater Co.’s play opens Nov. 28 at the Princess Theatre in downtown Prosser.
The story follows protagonist and bachelor John Dale, played by Dean Smith, who decides to rent a Christmas, complete with a tree and decorations, as well as a rented wife and kids. He seeks the help of rent shop owner Anne Weston, played by Marcy Roth, to fulfill his quest.
The tree and decorations are an easy fix, but the wife and kids are a totally different matter. So Anne recruits a group of kids from a theater guild to help. The kids happen to be orphans, but the guild couldn’t find a female actor available to play the wife. So, Anne steps in to fill that role.
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From there, the story unfolds and a lonely bachelor with no fond memories of Christmas suddenly finds happiness with a group of strangers during the holidays.
Chaos ensues when the rented kids come down with the measles and John also has to deal with the disapproval of his housekeeper, who frowns on the renting family thing.
Director Amy Householder, who has directed several children’s shows, wanted to direct The Rented Christmas because of its family theme packed with laughter and holiday music.
“I chose this play because it is a cute, family-oriented show,” Householder said. “It was also something my son and I could do together.” Her son James plays Willie, one of the actors.
The rest of the cast includes Connor Bray as Jimmy, Ann Glover as Bridget, Sandy Freepons as Martha, Maya Yoakum as Jean, Azalia Alvarez as Cynthia, Emily Johnson as Lettie, Suzanne Kephart as Alice Lindsey and Leroy Bussert as Fred.
Roth’s favorite scene involves the chaos around the Christmas tree, plus there’s plenty of funny scenes through the play, she said.
“Working with the kids has been fun,” she said. “Kids always make good theater. People should come see this play because it’s truly a family-friendly event. It is a heart-warming tale of a lonely businessman who falls in love with a group of orphans and businesswoman hired to play the roles of his wife and children for Christmas.”
So if you’re looking for some holiday cheer, The Rented Christmas will make you smile, laugh and warm your heart, she added.
Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28-29 and Dec. 5-6. The Princess Theatre is at 1228 Meade Ave., Prosser. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 students and seniors and are available in advance at Adventures Underground in the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland, the Sixth Street Art Gallery in Prosser, Safeway in Grandview, Patnode’s Hardware in Benton City and Melange in Sunnyside. Tickets also are available at the box office.