WATERTOWN — The Watertown Players, in conjunction with the Watertown Historical Society, announce their annual holiday play to be performed inside the Octagon House Museum, located at 919 Charles St., Watertown.
This year’s production will be an adaptation of the famous O. Henry story of love and self-sacrifice, “The Gift of the Magi.” The show will be performed Saturday, Nov. 30, and Sunday, Dec. 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, with a new performance every half an hour.
Tickets for the show will be available at the Watertown History Center, located next to the famed eight-sided landmark, and cost $7 for teens and adults and $4 for children under 12.
This year the Historical Society once again will offer their special admission offer: up to two children under 12 will be admitted free with a paid adult accompanying them.
The show tells the story of a poor but loving couple, Jim and Della Young. Each has something that means the world to them: Della has her crowning glory, her hair, and Jim has his gold watch. Wanting to purchase a Christmas gift for the other, each gives up their most precious objects.
Along the way Della encounters an eccentric dealer in hair goods and her shop assistant, as well as an even more eccentric dealer in jewelry. The story points out the folly of pride and the joy of love and self-sacrifice.
The play is under the direction of Dale Van Holten and the cast, comprised of talented local actors, has been in rehearsal for several weeks. The cast includes Gwen Woerishofer as Della Young; Luke Gantner as her husband, Jim; Anne Penfield-Grover as Madame Sofronie, a dealer in hair goods; Liam Grover appears as Robespierre, Madame Sofronie’s shop assistant; Sophie Mattke essays the role of the highly-strung dealer in jewelry, Andrea Frambois; and Rhonda Tesmer appears as the Narrator.
As in the past, the show will be performed inside the museum in four rooms on the first level. The actors will lead the viewers from room to room and then downstairs into the kitchen where there will be demonstrations of crafts.
Other events coming at the Watertown Players Theater include the show “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” Nov. 15-17; and The Watertown Youth Theater Workshop will present “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” in January.
For more info on “Gift of the Magi,” call the Octagon House at (920) 261-2796 or the Watertown Players information line at (920) 306-4364 or visit the Players on its Facebook page.