Community theater presents 'A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas'

Dec 04, 2013

The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre's December production is "A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas."

The play will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 and 13; Saturday, Dec. 7 and 14; at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 and 15 and at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 at the theater, located at 134 Main Street, in downtown Bryson City.

The play is written by Laurie Brooks, and presented by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing. The play directors are Toby Allman and Judy Allman, and the assistant directors are DeAnna Booth and Vicki Davis.

This original play presents the poignant story of the missing two years in the life of the Ingalls family — the only substantial period that Laura chose not to write about in her Little House books. In their poorest winter ever, when the crops have been devastated by locusts and the family must deal with the death of baby Freddie, Charles Ingalls backtracks his family to Burr Oak, Iowa, to take over the running of a hotel.

And if things weren't bad enough, Ma tells Laura that she must be nice to Johnny Steadman, the worst boy in Iowa. When wealthy Mrs. Starr asks for Laura as a companion to read to her in the afternoons, Laura is overjoyed to be invited into such a fine house, but when she overhears Mrs. Starr offer to adopt Laura as her own daughter to ease the burden of so many children, Laura is certain that Ma and Pa will give her up. As Christmas morning approaches, Laura is faced with a decision: Will she choose what she believes is best for the family or will she find a way to stay with Pa, Ma, Mary and Carrie?

Tickets cost $8 for adults, and $5 for students ages 6 to 18. Those under 6 are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the box office prior to each show. For information, call 828-488-8227, or 828-488-8103, or visit the website at