SANTA SETS UP SHOP

Photos by Jeff Brady and Molly McCluskey

Clockwise from top left: Santa (Jason O’Daniel) talks about the Christmas secret to good town children (Anna Korsmo, Jonny Castle); Nix (Cody Burnham) wrestles a toy away from a spoiled town child (Greg Eagan) and his mother (Jo Trozzo); Jack (Amanda Castle) begs to be freed from his box but the other toys (Erica Harris, Krikit Bounds, Jayce Ellis, Brandy Mayo) have no sympathy; City inspector Mr. Tomkins (Trevor VanHouten) confides to Claus and Nix his desires to open his own toy shop while toys pretend to sleep; and director Blaine Mero addresses the cast after the final dress rehearsal for "The Christmas Toy Shop."

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One-man-show based on humorist’s experiences as Christmas Elf at Macy’s
DOUGLAS – Perseverance Theatre presents David Sedaris’ The SantaLand Diaries on tour across Southeast Alaska in December. The show lands at Skagway’s Eagles Hall on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m.
Based on Sedaris’ writings about his time working as a Christmas Elf at the famous Macy’s Department Store in New York City, The SantaLand Diaries was adapted as a one-man-show for the stage by Joe Mantello. In this hour-long, comedic monologue, Sedaris reflects on his experiences as “Crumpet,” a Christmas Elf dealing with obnoxious customers, rival elves, and the humiliations of elf-training.
“A refreshing antidote to cocoa and carols, The SantaLand Diaries will cleanse your palate and have you laughing all the way into the New Year,” notes a press release from the theatre.
Directed by Sarah Denhardt, the show features Juneau actor, attorney, and arts advocate Ben Brown as “Crumpet.” The production is recommended for audiences 12 and over. The tour is sponsored by CoastAlaska, and is presented locally by the Skagway chapter of the Alaska Travel Industry Association with assistance from Mile Zero Bed and Breakfast and Wings of Alaska.
Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door or in advance at Now and Then, The Haven, Skaguay News Depot, and the WP&YR ticket office. All door proceeds will benefit the Skagway School Drama Club.