Hammond Community Theatre ‘dashing' through holidays

2012-12-10T00:00:00Z Hammond Community Theatre ‘dashing' through holidaysTim Shellberg Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
December 10, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Don Taylor, director of Hammond Community Theatre’s production of the holiday comedy “Dashing Through the Snow,” expects attendees to be able to compare some of the quirky characters onstage to their own loved ones.

“They’re not your everyday people, but in some way, they are your everyday people,” he said. “There’s the weird aunt that you have or the weird uncle you have that are out there. They’re normal people, but they’re out there on that fringe.”

Continuing through Dec. 16 at Hammond’s Beatniks on Conkey, “Dashing” chronicles the zany characters of small town Tinsel, Texas, and the folks who make their way through the town’s bed and breakfast, the Snowflake Inn, during the holiday season over the course of four vignettes.

“Dashing” was penned by the comedy trio Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. While successful in their individual endeavors on stage and small screen, the Jones/Hope/Wooten trio has found hits in regional theaters throughout the globe with joint efforts such as “Dearly Beloved,” “The Dixie Swim Club” and “The Hallelujah Girls.”

Taylor has directed Jones/Hope/Wooten-penned plays for Hammond Community Theatre in the past. In April, Taylor and the theater company brought “Hallelujah” to the stage.

“Our audiences really seem to like their stuff,” Taylor said of Jones, Hope and Wooten. “They’re very funny and they really know how to create these colorful characters. They’ve been very successful with us.”

More than a dozen area actors make up Taylor’s cast for “Dashing.”

“I’ve got very talented people in the play, and they’re having fun with (the play)” Taylor said.

Next up for Hammond Community Theatre is a production of the comedy “Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them,” which is scheduled to open at Beatniks on Conkey Feb. 15.

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