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Redlands Footlighters to present ‘The Christmas Express’ – Press Enterprise


Spencer Carter, left, playing the role of Mr. Fairfax and Miguel Erickson playing Devon Smith rehearse a scene for the Redlands Footlighters’ production of “The Christmas Express.” The play opens Dec. 3, 2021, and runs through Dec. 19. (Photo by Aimee Ullrich, Redlands Footlighters)

The Redlands Footlighters will present “The Christmas Express,” a holiday comedy by Pat Cook, opening 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at the theater at 1810 Barton Road.

In the play, Leo Tannenbaum shows up in the small town of Holly the day before Christmas Eve, and things begin to happen. The local carolers suddenly sound like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and wisecracking characters in town get the Christmas spirit.

Rob Thurmond, who directs the Footlighters’ production, describes the town of Holly as “a snow globe of magic where anything is possible and yet nothing is what it appears to be,” according to a news release.

In the cast are Suzy Pearce as Hilda Trowbridge, James Muro as Satch Brunswick, Nancy Huffacker as Maggie Clooney, Brady Huffman as Leo Tannenbaum, Ali Rafter as Penelope Blaisedale, Spencer Carter as Mr. Fairfax, Katharine Buffy Henshaw as Myrna Hobsnagle, Lexi Scanlan as Donna Fay Cummings, Joe Rossi as Jerry Cummings and Miguel Erickson as Devon Smith.

Michael James is stage manager, and Jenni Thurmond is costume designer, creating a 1950s look with a modern twist. Aimee Ullrich is stage organizer and helping in other backstage roles.

“We’re so excited to bring ‘Christmas Express’ to the Footlighters’ stage this holiday season,” Ali Rafter, president of the Footlighters board, said in the news release. “Our two-year member and volunteer Miguel Erickson will be joining the cast and making his first stage appearance since high school.”

Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 19. Tickets are $18 for general admission and $12 for students with ID, available at redlandsfootlighters.org or by calling 909-793-2909.

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Masks are required, and socially distanced seating is provided.



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