Local theater to present live mashup of Hallmark movies

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If you enjoy the Hallmark Channel’s cheesy Christmas movies, you’ll definitely get a laugh out of Blaine Community Theater’s (BCT) upcoming production, “The Holiday Channel Christmas Movie Wonderthon.”

Written by Don Zolidis and directed by Deborah Manley, the production is a zany mashup of six Hallmark movies live on stage. The show, which features 18 local actors age nine and up, is one of the biggest productions that BCT has ever put on.

“We were discussing putting up a Christmas show, and a bunch of us perused some scripts and came across this one,” said Manley. “It’s hysterical and unbelievably funny. Just imagine six Hallmark movies crammed into one show.”

BCT chose “The Holiday Channel Christmas Movie Wonderthon” because it is “a little bit lighter” and “something that people could relate to,” said Manley. She said that the production features tacky, romantic plotlines about boys and girls meeting each other, discovering their true selves and coming together through a series of unfortunate events. “The stories are fun and innocent,” said Manley.

To prepare for the production, the actors and actresses have been rehearsing four nights a week for the last four weeks. It is the first time that Manley is directing a theater production in Blaine. Manley, who first became involved with BCT in its early years, has more recently directed at the Bellingham Theatre Guild and the Claire vg Thomas Theatre in Lynden.

“The Holiday Channel Christmas Movie Wonderthon” will take place on Fridays and Saturdays, December 13–14 and 20–21 at 7 p.m. and on Sundays, December 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. The shows will take place in the Blaine High School Black Box Theater, with tickets at the door costing $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors.

Manley said that the production even features a snowball fight, and that some snowballs may find their way into the audience. “It’s good, wholesome family fun,” she said. “It’s just a lighthearted way to spend an evening.”

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