Lompoc Civic Theatre will present “Fruitcakes,” its holiday show, at 7:30 p.m. tonight and at 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Lompoc Civic Theatre, 217 South L St.
Tickets cost $10 for seniors and $12 for adults; and $1 off will be given to all attendees who bring in a can of food to donate to the Food Pantry. Tickets are available at Alfie’s Fish and Chips and American Host Restaurant.
“Fruitcakes” is a heartwarming, humorous play that puts the audience in just the right mood for the Christmas season, according to a recent press release from LCT.
Mix together a batch of fruitcakes, dozens of Christmas trees, 10,000 outdoor Christmas lights, a chicken pox epidemic, two southern spinster sisters, angels, shepherds, sheep, a sheriff, a school classroom Nativity play, an estranged old man, a lost cat named Tutti Frutti and a Christmas hog named Buster, and you have the recipe for a fun-filled and touching evening filled with holiday cheer.
“Fruitcakes” is the story of Jamie (Retson Ross), a runaway boy who leaves his household to escape the constant interference of his father in his life.
In a small town called McCord’s Ferry, Jamie meets the town’s inhabitants and thinks they are “nuttier than fruitcakes,” but soon he comes to admire, appreciate and adore the nutty little town. Unsure of how to fit into all of the country traditions, Jamie acts as the grandson of Mack (played by Mike Callahan), a general store owner.
Jamie learns the true meaning of family by watching the quarrelsome sisters, Miss Sarah (Jenny Hair) and Miss Alice (MaryLou Kerwood) argue and by learning about the dejection Mack is feeling because of his strained relationship with his own son.
The hard fruitcakes that Sarah and Alice bake as Christmas gifts for the townspeople represent the hard shells of everyone in McCord’s Ferry that block out others from their lives.