Play author to visit

Webster City Community Theatre will host a special evening Monday night as the group presents a staged reading of a brand new play.

Phil Olson, the playwright of the popular “Don’t Hug Me” musical comedy series, will be making a return visit to WCCT on Monday at 7 p.m.. He has requested a staged reading of his latest script, “A Nice Family Christmas.”

This is Olson’s third visit to Webster City. He previously requested staged readings of “Don’t Hug Me, We’re Married” and “Mom’s Gift.”

The public is invited to watch the performance and participate in the talkback afterwards. There is no charge to attend. While Olson is close to putting the final touches on this script, the playwright welcomes input from the cast and audience. Refreshments will be served.

“A Nice Family Christmas” takes place at Mom’s apartment on Christmas Eve. Coming home to celebrate the holiday with Mom (Angela Rottering) are her sons, Carl (Kevin Sharp)and Michael (Brennan Fehr), her daughter Stacy (Abby Sharp), Michael’s wife Jill (Kayleen Fehr), her mother (Mary Sealine) and brother-in-law (Wil Groves). The somewhat dysfunctional family creates a lot comedy, some poignant moments, and a surprise ending.

Director Loween Getter explains that a staged reading is somewhat similar to a regular performance. The actors will be in costume. There will be stage lighting and props. The set, however, is a “work in progress” for WCCT’s upcoming production of “Cheaper by the Dozen,” with an assortment of furnishings. The biggest difference is that the actors will be reading from the script and will have had a limited number of rehearsals.