P2K offering special show for Christmas season

Amy and Marcus Goodyear are "Jim" and "Della," a poor but loving pair who long to give meaningful gifts at Christmas, seen here in rehearsal for Playhouse 2000's upcoming presentation of the classic O. Henry story "The Gift of the Magi," a special, Christmas season event playing in the VK Garage Theater from Dec. 6 through 21.

For many people enjoying a Christmas-themed stage play is as much a part of the holiday season as a trip to see the lights on neighbor's houses. This year, Playhouse 2000 will offer a play that is traditional, yet still fresh, and perfect for all to enjoy.

Audiences are likely to be familiar with O Henry's classic tale "The Gift of the Magi," in which a poor but profoundly in love couple trade very unique Christmas presents.

Even so, in this brand-new adaptation of the story by Jon Jory, the "surprise" ending will bring home the spirit of the season in every heart.

"It's wonderful to work on a play that is so thoroughly charming without becoming sappy," said Playhouse 2000 executive director, and this show's stage director, Jeffrey Brown.

"O. Henry's original story - like most of his work - is very short and sweet; fewer than 2,000 words. From that, Jon Jory has created a fully-realized play with multiple amazing characters that still maintains the simple themes of the joy of giving and sacrificing for love."

The show's cast features local favorites Marcus and Amy Goodyear as the couple, "Jim" and "Della," who each wish so desperately to be able to give the Christmas gifts their spouse deserves.

They are supported by P2K founder Susan Neely Balentine as Della's sister, "Dot;" Brandon Newton, recently seen as "George" in "Our Town," as Jim's friend, "Digsby;" and Amanda Radkiewicz, who takes on multiple roles including the blustery Russian "Madam Vodvaskaya."

The show opens on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. and continues on Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 21, with one Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 15.

General Admission tickets are just $22, and any purchase of a Season Ticket Package for Playhouse 2000's Season 2020 earns a free ticket to this play with every ticket purchased at regular price.

There's still room at the "Opening Night Dinner" for "The Gift of the Magi" on Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Cailloux Theater Lobby. The pre-show dinner features a three-course, themed meal with catering by Rails, A Café at The Depot. The combined price of dinner and show ticket is just $60 per person, and reservations are required.

Reservations are also recommended for all tickets because of the intimate nature of the VK Garage Theater. They can be made by phone at 896-9393 or online at www.playhouse2000.com (note that convenience fees apply to online orders.)

The VK Garage is located at 305 Washington St. in downtown Kerrville, and is part of the Kathleen C. Cailloux City Center for the Performing Arts managed on behalf of the City of Kerrville by Playhouse 2000, Inc.

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