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Scripps Ranch Theatre Presents World Premier Of 'Holiday Spirits' - A Comedy For The Season

  • When Ongoing until Sunday, December 9, 2012
  • Sunday 2 p.m.
  • Friday 8 p.m.
  • Saturday 8 p.m.
  • Where Benbough Theatre: campus of Alliant International University at 10455 Pomerado Road
  • Age limit All ages
  • Categories Arts, Comedy, Family, Holidays, Theater
  • Cost $24 - $27
Promotional graphic for Scripps Ranch Theatre's World Premier Of "Holiday Spirits" - A Comedy For The Season, November 10 - December 9, 2012.

Above: Promotional graphic for Scripps Ranch Theatre's World Premier Of "Holiday Spirits" - A Comedy For The Season, November 10 - December 9, 2012.

Scripps Ranch Theatre will present the world premier of “Holiday Spirits,” a play written by Jim Caputo, an award-winning playwright and veteran SRT director and actor.

The production opens Nov. 10 and runs through Dec. 9, 2012 at its theater on the Alliant International University campus. *Preview Night: Friday, November 9th.

Jill Drexler, SRT artistic director, said, “We are very fortunate to have Jim’s play included in our 2012-2013 season. Jim writes with amazing warmth, sprinkled gently with good-natured humor. We believe this is the perfect play to be offered during the holiday season.”

The play takes place on Christmas Eve. Ron and Laura are selling their house to end their marriage. A mysterious realtor heralds the visit of three potential couples to buy their house. Each couple invokes a memory or imparts a wisdom that collectively challenges Ron and Laura's decision. Oh, and Elvis is in the closet.

Caputo said, “The play is loosely based on the structure of Dickens’s ‘A Christmas Carol.’ This semi-farcical comedy, sprinkled with a smattering of golden oldies, is guaranteed to send you home with a smile on your face.”

“Holiday Spirits” is also directed by Caputo. The cast includes Kevin Six, Bobbie Helland, D’Ann Paton, J.Tyler Jones, Maelyn Gandola, Benjamin Cole, Sara Lynn Andrzejewski, Haig Koshkarian, and Elouise Potomac. During the course of the evening the nine actors play 17 parts.

Caputo is no stranger to SRT. He served as its executive director for many years and is now director emeritus. In the past, he has directed two highly successful plays at SRT, including “How The Other Half Loves,” 2011; “Not Now Darling,” 2010; “The Shadowbox,” 2009; “Scapino,” 2005; and “Greetings,” 2004.

Caputo also has won numerous playwriting awards, including at the prestigious Ashland New Play Festival. Other awards include The Curan Rep NYC Festival, First Stage LA Contest, Theatre Oxford, Fusion Theatre Audience Choice and The Palm Springs International. His hilarious comedy, “Maternal Sprits,” “opened SRT’s 2004 season and received critical acclaim and box office success. His plays have been produced from coast to coast.

Among his favorite roles as an actor in regional theater are the leads in “Othello,” “A Man for All Seasons” and as Salieri in “Amadeus.” At SRT, he played Marley in the 2006 production of “Inspecting Carol.” He has designed several of SRT’s sets, including “The Lion in Winter” and “The Shadow Box.” Jim is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Actors Alliance of San Diego.

Drexler said, “This is a very funny, very warm production that I am confident will be an audience pleaser. We have assembled an outstanding cast of talented and experienced actors who have extensive comedic talent.”

Ticket prices are $27 for general admission, $24 for students, seniors and active military. Performance times are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays. For reservations please call the theater box office at 858-578-7728.

Location & Directions: Scripps Ranch Theatre performs in the Legler Benbough Theatre on the campus of Alliant International University at 10455 Pomerado Road. Google Map

Now in its 34th year, Scripps Ranch Theatre consistently produces high quality and entertaining theater. SRT has earned a reputation as one of the finest small theaters in San Diego.

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