Local couple enjoying leading roles in P2K holiday offering

Amy and Marcus Goodyear are "Jim" and "Della," a poor but loving pair who long to give meaningful gifts at Christmas, overseen by Brandon Newton as "Digsby" in the Playhouse 2000 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. 6-21.

A local husband-and-wife pair of actors are enjoying their chance to share a special story with Kerrville in Playhouse 2000's annual Christmas-time presentation.

Amy and Marcus Goodyear will be seen in "The Gift of the Magi" beginning Friday in the VK Garage Theater.

This telling of O. Henry's famous tale features the couple in the roles of "Jim" and "Della," two down-at-the-heels residents of 1900's New York, who desperately want to give gifts that reflect their feelings despite their poverty.

In a twist ending (that many will already be familiar with) they end up sacrificing their most-loved possessions out of their love for each other.

"We fell in love with "Jim" and "Della" the first time we read the play," said Amy. "It's always hard to add another thing to the hectic holiday time, but we knew that we wanted to bring these two wonderful characters to life with Playhouse 2000."

"We started rehearsal in early November, and - even with a shorter than usual schedule - we've worked for weeks getting every aspect of the play right for our audience," she adds.

"We're sure that everyone who sees the show will leave with a renewed sense of the joy of giving that makes Christmas the very best time of the year."

The adaptation of the brief story, crafted by Actors' Theater of Louisville's Jon Jory, fills out to a charming 90-minute play that is sure to be enjoyed by the whole family.

Among the supporting cast of three is P2K founder Susan Neely Balentine who plays Della's sister, "Dot."

"It's been such a joy to re-capture the 'acting bug' in this play," Susan says. "It's been a long time since I've felt this comfortable on stage, and I'm so glad to be giving back to this company and my community, who have been so important to me."

The cast is filled out by Brandon Newton, recently seen as "George" in the P2K production of "Our Town," as Jim's friend, "Digsby;" and Amanda Radkiewicz, who takes on multiple roles including the blustery Russian merchant "Madam Vodvaskaya."

"The Gift of the Magi" opens this Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 pm and continues on Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 21, with one Sunday Matinee at 2:30 pm on Dec. 15.

General Admission tickets are just $22, and any purchase of a Season Ticket Package for Playhouse 2000's Season 2020 comes with a "Buy-One-Get-One-Free" coupon for the show.

Reservations are recommended 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.)

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