By Nel Lampe
The first production of the newly formed Fort Carson Community Theatre was a success, according to Sabine Mann, one of the group’s organizers and the producer of “A Christmas Chaos.”
Authored by Michael Wehrli, the play is about a mix-up when the Royal Shakespeare Company ends up in Carson, Nev., instead of Fort Carson. The Fort Carson Community Theatre decides to save the day by putting on its own version of the classic with only seven hours until the curtain opens.
Sixteen parts were cast to some actors with experience and others taking their first role. Several cast members played multiple roles.
Contributing to the chaos on stage, a crew member having a bad reaction to her allergy medication makes entrances wearing bizarre costumes, two Tiny Tims appear on stage at the same time; one actor plays both Bob Cratchet and his wife; inappropriate music is played by the sound crew; a director quits during the production; and Scrooge shows the audience the many ways an adult can wriggle into and out of a child’s desk. The cast of “A Christmas Chaos” drew lots of laughs from the audience. If there were flubs on stage, no one noticed.
Actually, the cast had a few more than seven hours rehearsal, roles were cast in August, with rehearsals during the next three months.
Directing his first play, Staff Sgt. Kenneth Sargent, Company B, Warrior Transition Battalion, said his only regret was not being able to cast everyone who tried out.
Michael Rose was co-producer and acted the part of director in the play.
The three-week run of the production played to mostly full houses, with closing night a sold-out house, according to Mann.
“I was overwhelmed and thrilled at the success and support from the community,” she said.
Plans are under way for a second production in late spring, with a casting call in late January. For information call Mann at 719-357-6005 or visit “Ft. Carson Community Theatre” on Facebook page.