Holiday Play, “Barnyard Christmas”, Performed at Oatlands
“Barnyard Christmas” is a family-friendly holiday comedy, starring adults dressed as lively barnyard animals on a quest to save Christmas for their friend, Farmer Jack.
- By Stacy Shaw
- December 16, 2011
This is the premise of “Barnyard Christmas,” starring Pete Edivan, Herb Fuller, Jerri Wiseman, Herbert DuVall, Tosia Shall and Jack Tenshaw.
Stage Coach will continue to perform this original family friendly play on Dec. 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. at Oatlands Plantation. The cost is $15 per person with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Oatlands Plantations.
This is the second of two plays produced by the new theatre company, owned and managed by Terry Smith and Jerri Wiseman. Smith wrote the script and directs the show and Wiseman stars as Mrs. Puddlesworth, the motherly goose and voice of conscience in the barnyard.
Smith and Wiseman said they had a vision of Stage Coach being an independent company that works with the community, producing local talent.
“We want to encourage local writers to have their plays performed by local artists to help local businesses,” Wiseman said.
They employ seasoned actors from the Loudoun County and surrounding communities many of whom have been part of the Northern Virginia theatre communities for decades.
Actor Herb Fuller, who plays the Elvis impersonating Little Piggy, said he was able to recycle a pig costume he used in a production of “Charlotte’s Web” years earlier.
Fuller said he enjoys acting in children’s productions.
“I like working with kids and trying to make them laugh,” Fuller said. “It’s a lot of goofy humor appropriate for adults and kids.”
The comedy in “Barnyard Christmas” derives mainly from the stubborn and narcissistic personalities of the barnyard crew. Much like children (or most people, one could argue) they want to do the right thing for others, but have a difficult time seeing past their own desires.
Children will also enjoy the participation Stage Coach elicits, asking the audience to moo, quack and bark, and asking a few lucky goslings (not Gosselins) to come on stage. The constant laughter and well-realized characters keeps the play charming and fresh, despite a small stage and no formalized set.
Mix and mingling after the show is sure to be a delight as well, as Santa Claus himself arrives at Oatlands with presents for the children. Santa will be hearing wish lists and taking pictures as well.
Before and after the play the Oatlands’ gift shop will be open. It features holiday ornaments, small gifts and jewelry.
Visit the Oatlands Plantation website for more information. Playwrights and local businesses looking to host a Stage Coach Company Productions can also contact Stage Coach Theatre Company Productions.