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Lake City Playhouse Takes To Heart The Adage: ‘The Show Must Go On’

It takes more than smoke and fire to stop the Lake City Playhouse. A fire damaged the theater on Sunday, but the holiday revue, “Make a Joyful Noise,” will open on schedule tonight at a new location, the Coeur d’Alene High School auditorium.

The fire was caused by a faulty space heater cord. Most of the fire damage was confined to the basement, but there is smoke damage throughout. Laura Seable of the theater says they are optimistic they will be back in the playhouse by January. Meanwhile, the high school came to the rescue.

“Make A Joyful Noise” features a number of holiday songs performed by a cast that includes Darcy Wright, Derk Stephens, Corrine Cameron, Stacy and Emily Crandall, Mandee Kaiser and a number of others. There will also be a guest artist at every performance. The company also includes Mary Lou Dion on keyboards and Joe Dion on percussion.

The show opens tonight and continues Saturday, Sunday, Thursday and Dec. 22 and 23. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. except Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors and students, $6 for children 12 and under. Call their temporary headquarters at (208) 667-8041 for tickets, or leave a message on their regular message machine at (208) 667-1323 for reservations. The Coeur d’Alene High School has a large auditorium with plenty of space, so tickets will also be available at the door.

There will be a special meet-the-cast reception after the Sunday matinee. Santa, Mrs. Claus and Frosty the Snowman will be in attendance.

“A Broadway Christmas”

Rossi Entertainment has created a musical revue that is part-Christmas and part-Broadway, running Saturday and Sunday at The ACT Theatre in the Valley.

The show will feature Christmas songs as well as songs from “Les Miserables,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “On the Town,” “42nd Street,” “South Pacific,” “Hello Dolly,” “Oklahoma” and more.

The cast includes Cheryl-Ann Rossi, April Dawn Vogel, Tom Stratton, Mike Hynes and Sarah Wood, with Norilee Kimball on piano.

They have created a story line to tie all of the songs together: A young girl’s adventure in the Big Apple, and her first Christmas away from home.

The show runs Saturday at 7 and 9:30 p.m., and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12, $10 for children, available by calling the Rossi Entertainment Office, (208) 667-3530, or The ACT at 921-1706. Tickets are also available at the door.

The ACT is at 425 N. Evergreen in the Spokane Valley.

“Tales of the Season”

A group of actors and singers from the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre are staging a special holiday musical dinner theater event at several sites in North Idaho in the next few days.

“Tales of the Season” is a Christmas entertainment starring Bobbi Kotula, Frank Jewett, Roger Welch and Maureen Manning.

It will be held at Panhandler Pizza, 105 Indiana Ave., Coeur d’Alene, next to The Coeur d’Alene North, on Sunday at 5 p.m. The $16 ticket includes pizza, coffee, and dessert. The performance follows.

The show will move to the Supper Club Pub in Kellogg, Dec. 18-21. Tickets are $25, including dinner.

Call (800) 4-CDA-TIX for reservations or information about any of these shows.

Saturday, there will also be a benefit performance for the Unity Church at 7 p.m. at the Harding School, 411 N. 15th (Head Start headquarters). This performance does not include dinner. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Two Christmas plays

The Friends Acting Troupe, from the Spokane Friends Church, will stage two short Christmas plays on Saturday and Sunday: “‘Tis the Season,” about a living Nativity pageant that goes awry, and “A Christmas Carol,” adapted from the Dickens story.

Both plays will be presented on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Spokane Friends Church, 1612 W. Dalke. Call 327-7852 for information. Admission is free, an offering will be taken.

, DataTimes