Get in the holiday spirit at Amato Center

MILFORD – Get in the Christmas spirit as the Riverbend Youth Company and Milford Area Players perform two Holiday One Act Plays; Carol’s Christmas and Jingle Bell Jury.

Carol’s Christmas is a modern retelling of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens that tells the story of a greedy and self-centered teenage girl who after being visited by three ghosts realizes the true meaning of Christmas.

Jingle Bell Jury tells the story of a young boy named Jim Dandy who is on trial in the town of Candy Cane for not showing Christmas sprit. People who testify include a toy maker, snow and angels.

The true meaning behind both of these one acts is the true spirit of Christmas lies in all of us. The plays are directed by Tom Partridge and Diane Cobb.

Sonya Walcott, of Hudson, is performing in her third holiday show at the Amato Center. She feels what sets the holiday show apart from other shows the Amato Center puts on throughout the year is “the message that they send about Christmas and the fact that they bring family and friends together.”

Shera Brown, of Brookline, makes her debut with Milford Area Players in this holiday show. When asked what she likes about playing her character Mrs. Bob Cratchit and Ghost of Christmas Past she said, “I’ve had to dial in to all of my motherly and eternally optimistic tendencies, which for those who know me, is really not that far of a stretch. The Ghost of Christmas Past is a bit different, as I’ve needed to combine a teacher-like disposition with a ghostly, almost ethereal presence.

“For me, the spirit of Christmas is the magic that we feel at the holidays. Getting out the decorations, stringing the lights and hanging ornaments on the tree with my family, getting together with family and friends; it’s the magic of bringing everyone together and we love it,” she said.

Annabelle Meszynski is a home-schooled high school senior from Greenville and is playing Brenda in Carol’s Christmas and a caroler in Jingle Bell Jury.

“Brenda is so kind and patient and I love how joyful the carolers are,” Meszynski said. “The abundance of Christmas spirit is what sets the holiday shows apart from the shows that are performed at the Amato Center through out the year.”

Director Diane Cobb said she is happy to be directing Jingle Bell Jury and “the Christmas holiday is all about families and friends being together. It is in this spirit that makes directing “Jingle Bells Jury a joy for me as I get to see parents and children, as well as siblings and friends, bonding together as they help each other to learn their lines and be the best they can be at their roles.”

The Holiday One Acts will be performed at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts 56 Mont Vernon St., Milford, Dec. 12-14. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Come support this talented cast and get into the Christmas spirit.