‘Players’ to offer ‘Gifts of Magi’

BLUE EARTH — The Blue Earth Town and Country Players are bringing the Christmas spirit to town with their 2017 Christmas dinner theater production.

This year’s performance will be “The Gifts of the Magi,” a musical based on two short stories by American writer O. Henry. In the stories, a young couple has trouble finding the funds to buy Christmas presents, while a young, homeless boy tries to get arrested in order to have a warm place to sleep for one night.

This marks the third time “The Gifts of the Magi” will be performed by the Players, with previous shows taking place in 1988 and 2005. Lill Robinson, a member of the Players board of directors, says there are a limited number of quality Christmas shows, which leads to repeat performances throughout the years. However, she said the group allows 10 years to pass before revisiting a show.

Another reason “The Gifts of the Magi” is returning is that the play has been warmly received by audiences.

“It’s hard not to like this show,” Robinson said. “The music is absolutely gorgeous.”

According to Robinson, three of the six cast members in this year’s production will be returning to their original 1988 roles.

“They created these roles and they’re still performing them,” she said.

With a heart-warming message about the spirit of giving, Robinson said “The Gifts of the Magi” has something for everyone.

“It’s just a wonderful show,” she said. “It’s great to put people in the Christmas spirit.”

“The Gifts of the Magi” will be performed 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Blue Earth Area Middle School. Dinner will be served by local high school music students following the shows, with music provided by the Blue Earth Area High School Chamber Singers.

Tickets are $10 for the show, or $20 for the dinner and the show. These can be picked up at the Blue Earth Chamber of Commerce office.