Madcap Holiday Hit Miracle on Christmas Lake at Yellow Tree Theatre
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The last date listed for Miracle on Christmas Lake was Wednesday November 27, 2013 / 7:30pm.
Quotes & Highlights
“A madcap holiday farce that has the audience laughing…” —Daily Planet
The third time’s a charm for this little holiday gem.
After selling out two years straight, bringing Miracle back for a third year was a no-brainer, says artistic director Jason Peterson. This year, to accommodate what Peterson calls “Miracle Madness,” YTT is packing in more shows than usual, and doing six shows a week instead of four. “People go crazy for this play,” says Peterson. “Last year we had a waiting list every night. We’ve caught people sitting backstage in the theatre wings when they couldn’t get a seat, crouching in the aisles violating fire code, bribing the box office with homemade chocolate chip muffins, and then there’s the guy who was running late and offered us five hundred dollars to hold the curtain for five minutes…It really was madness.”
So why all the hoop-la-la over yet another holiday play? The magic ingredients behind the success of Miracle, Peterson admits, is the lutefisk-loving, tatertot hotdish-eating, flannel-clad characters that playwright Lind created. There’s Neil Gunderson, the pot-bellied piano tuner and Martha Knutson, the sex-starved massage therapist who totes around a crock-pot full of hotdish and keeps a bottle of ketchup tucked inside her pink moon boot. There’s Colin Avery, the gorgeous soap opera star who, along with his wife, Tess, returns to his Minnesota roots to take over Christmas Lake Community Theatre, only to find it on the verge of bankruptcy. When they lose the rights to It’s a Wonderful Life the night before opening, Colin and Tess scramble to come up with another play or face losing the theatre. Armed with last year’s Christmas episode from Colin’s soap opera, As Time Ticks By, the unlikely foursome hole up in the theatre all night for an emergency rehearsal. The rehearsal takes a turn for the worst when Martha’s pet lizard goes missing and Mrs. Burlington, the theatre’s sole benefactor, shows up unexpectedly to check their progress. The former stripper quickly becomes smitten with Colin and ends up joining the cast and as Colin and Tess try desperately to keep the rehearsal moving, things fall apart when Martha’s lizard finds a new home up Mrs. Burlington’s dress and Martha plunges into a tatertot hotdish coma to soothe her nerves.
There’s true love and off-key Christmas carols, lutefisk and naked pot bellies, and best of all, unexpected miracles happen. Oh yeah, and Yellow Tree lets you bring beer into the theatre. What more could you ask for in a holiday play?