3 Purple Coats Productions will put on its Christmas show, “UnDeniably Blue Christmas,” on Sunday, Dec. 14.
Director and writer Leah Becoat says the show is one of only a few private company shows put on at Alton High School’s auditorium. It will feature beloved characters from the company’s September production, “UnDeniably Blue,” also written by Becoat.
“‘UnDeniably Blue Christmas’ is a modern take on the classic story, ‘A Christmas Carol,’” Becoat says. “Suzanne, the main character (played by Toni Booth) is sassy and outspoken — but when it comes to Christmas, she’s the ultimate Scrooge. Her personal issues prevent her from seeing the true meaning of Christmas.”
This all changes, though, with a trip to the shopping mall. She encounters three angels along the way: Indigo Past, played by Adrianna Jones; James Present, played by Jamar Woodward; and Nicholas Future, played by Rouzell Porter.
More characters, though, will be coming to the stage, including some favorites from September’s production. The youngest actress in the show is Angelica Jones, 10, whose character, Cheeky, is a crowd favorite.
“People went crazy about her character,” Becoat says.
The show also will feature Debbie Ridelspriger as Miss Edwards, Sade’ VanZandt as Cheryl, Jared Hennings as Silas and Alecia Lane Meeks as the Granddaughter. The cast ranges from age 10 to 53 with high school and college students mixed in as well.
“It’s a pretty diverse cast as far as age,” Becoat says.
Becoat, who wrote both “UnDeniably Blue” and “UnDeniably Blue Christmas,” says her original inspiration came from hearing a song called “Independently Blue” by Nina Simone, a popular African-American artist. She has been excited to see her works on the stage.
“It’s dreaming come true,” she says. “It gives me the fire to keep writing.”
The cast shares her feelings.
“We’re all just excited — the set is going to be absolutely beautiful; there’s an excitement and anticipation, because it’s magical,” Becoat says.
Becoat says the show emphasizes the talent of area residents.
“We’re showcasing local talent,” she says. “There are a lot of talented people in this area, so giving them the opportunity to shine is wonderful.”
She says she is excited to be part of one of the few private company shows at Alton High School.
“We’re doing something different, kind of breaking ground,” Becoat says.
The show has very heartwarming and important attributes, Becoat says.
“There’s hope, warmth, humor, light, and life,” she says.
It will also have important lessons to teach every audience member, Becoat says.
“Everyone has a past, we’re living in the present and the future is unknown, so there’s hope,” she says. “The show really spotlights on living in the moment — there’s laughter, love and a lesson for everyone, young or old.”
Tickets can be purchased by calling (618) 670-7830 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Adult tickets cost $15; students 17 and younger cost $8. The show will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at Alton High School’s auditorium.