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"The Rented Christmas" Last Modified: Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The Rented Christmas
by Norman C. Ahern, Jr. and Yvonne Ahern
Directed by Mary Hill
December, 2008
John Dale hasn't enjoyed a "real Christmas" for years. So, on the spur of the moment, he decides to "rent" a Christmas from Anne Weston, who owns the local rent shop. Anne is at first flustered with the requirements: a tree with presents, Christmas carols and also a wife and five children. Anne feels she has solved the problem of a Christmas family by calling the actors' guild. But the young actors come down with the measles so she turns to the local orphanage. When the guild can't locate a "mother," Anne steps in to play the role herself. Based on the short story by J. Lillian Vandervere, the story of how John Dale's rented Christmas turns into a new life for all concerned makes this a warm story for the holiday season.

Published by Pioneer Drama Service.

Merry Christmas, One and All!

Santa's Shoppe

During the performance run of The Rented Christmas, we converted our lobby into "Santa's Shoppe": a Christmas boutique where you were able to purchase a variety of unique and inexpensive (nothing over $20!) seasonal gifts. We had original pottery by Ann Wilson, original jewelry designed by Barbara Morgan, original artcards by Marti and Jon McWilliams, cosmetic items from ALCHEMY, discounted season tickets (a great gift idea), handmade caps and scarfs, and never out of the box seasonal decorations!! All proceeds from this special event went to THE POCKET THEATRE. We hope you enjoyed the show, and are pleased with your purchases. A big Holiday THANK YOU to all who support the Pocket Theatre.

Director Mary Hill Cara Brunet as Anne Tom Cooper as John

Tim Cooper as Jimmy Barbara Morgan as Bridget Sheryl Watkins as Martha CAST
Role Actor
Anne: Cara Brunet
John: Tom Cooper
Jimmy: Tim Cooper
Bridget: Barbara Morgan
Martha: Sheryl Watkins
Jean: Liz Turner
Cynthia: Kathryn Garner
Willie: Jackson Victorian
Lettie: Kodie Brown
Mrs. Lindsey: A.J. Riggs
Fred: Frank Schultz
Angela: Karina Martinez
Kevin: Trent Works
Logan Grant
Carrie: Courtney Porter
Melanie: Peyton White
Judy: Mary Kate
Courtney Porter

Emma Claire Spring, Melinda Miller, Zachary Brown, Bobby Brown, Logan Grant, Mistie Martinez
Producer: Gene Forsyth
Director: Mary Hill
Asst. Dir./Stage Manager: Ann Wilson
Props: Pai Yin Mros
Frank Schultz
Cindy Franklin
Trent Works
Logan Grant
Set Design: Mark Britton
Set Construction: Mark Britton
Walter Dodson
Lights: Walter Dodson
Office: Margaret Forsyth
Peggy Socias
Publicity: Gene Forsyth
Jackie Stuelke
Programs: Bill & Barbara White
Program Printing: Alliance Business Systems
Graphic Arts: Neil Richardson
Newsletter: Ann Wilson
Margaret Forsyth
House Manager: Walter Dodson
Photography: Renee Burns
Webmaster: John Lukas
Liz Turner as Jean Kathryn Garner as Cynthia Jackson Victorian as Willie
Kodie Brown as Lettie A.J. Riggs as Mrs. Lindsey Frank Schultz as Fred OUR THANKS TO:
Alliance Business Systems
Hot Springy Dingy
Pocket Theatre Board of Directors
The Sentinel-Record
Hot Springs Village Voice
The Arkansas Democrat Gazette
The Hot Springs Advertising & Promotion Commission
KZNG 1340 AM Hot Springs News/Talk Radio
KVRE 92.9 FM Hot Springs Village Nostalgia Radio
Hot Springs Village Players
Jerry Jones
Linda Rickel

Our sincere apology to all those whom we inadvertantly omitted.

A special thanks to ALL of those who have worked so hard to make Pocket Theatre the success it is!!