FTC to stage 'Sanders Family Christmas' Dec. 12-22; Tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for “Sanders Family Christmas”, a Fredericksburg Theater Company musical comedy about the fictional Sanders Family Singers during the start of World War II.

Advance tickets are $20 for adults, $5.50 for youth 18 and under. Tickets purchased at the door are $25 for adults and $7.50 for youth 18 and under. For group discounts or for more information, contact the box office at 830-997-3588.

Set on the evening of Dec. 24, 1941 at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant, N.C., a little over two weeks after America entered World War II, “Sanders Family Christmas” is a continuing tale of the gospel-singing family of the 1930s and 1940s.

Show dates are Dec. 12-22.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7:30 p.m., while the Sunday matinee performances will be at 2 p.m.

“With heavy hearts hoping for the safe return of all the soldiers, an evening of song, humor and witnessing takes the audience on a journey through the importance of Christmas and the true reasons for the season,” said FTC executive director Julie Voorhees. “This will be the Sanders Family’s last performance before the war forces the group to disband.”

The play is the sequel to “Smoke on the Mountain”, a musical comedy previously performed at FTC.

“The family brings gospel, bluegrass, country and choral music to their church’s Christmas Eve service as well as their personal witness of faith and a great deal of humor,” said David Cockerell, who is directing the musical.

Cockerell added that with this play, the audience serves as the congregation for the Christmas Eve service.

“The actors speak directly to the church congregation, the audience is a participant in the telling of the story,” he said. “The script has some moments that were challenging to translate, and the published music is difficult to interpret. But these challenges have brought together this group of very talented individuals to present a family who sing and witness with all their hearts.”

In the musical, the Sanders family is also saying goodbye to their only son, who is shipping off with the Marines to serve in WWII. The musical includes stories and 25 Southern Gospel Christmas songs.

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