Nov. 30 2011 12:00 AM

Mid-Michigan Family Theatre presents a pair of holiday-themed productions


It’s the season of giving, and Mid-Michigan Family
Theater is not about to be stingy. Director Bill Gordon has put
together a double feature of holiday-themed plays, “The Goblins and the
Gravedigger” and “The Christmas Coat,” opening Friday.

That’s not all: Gordon says a there will be a generous dose of Christmas carols in the productions as well.  

“The Goblins and the Gravedigger,” based on an episode
from Charles Dickens’ “The Pickwick Papers,” puts a spin on Dickens’
classic “A Christmas Carol.”

While everyone in a small English village is excitedly
preparing for the Christmas festivities in 1860, the town’s lonely and
cantankerous sexton, Gabriel Grubb (played by Chuck Sartorius), heads
toward the cemetery and encounters three goblins, played by Erin Deal,
Sabrina Boxer and Olivia Schafer. They take him on the ride of his life
to view events in his past that will lead to his new future.  

A pair of real-life siblings —  10-year-old Adele Colson and 8-year-old Forrest Colson — play the brother and sister at the center of “The Christmas Coat.”

Dick is a shoeshine boy and Maggie is
his match-selling sister. They find themselves on the streets during
Christmas Eve, unable to find any food or shelter, due to lack of sales.

But their luck changes when they meet a
poor woman named Mrs. Sullivan (Julie Waterbury) and a gentleman
(Antonio Bellosillo) who changes their lives.

“Goblins” and “Coat” are also part of the Stages of the
Law series: Tickets for the Dec. 10 performance are two-for-one, and
the evening features a talkback with Cooley Law School Professor Chris
Church, followed by a reception.

‘The Goblins and the Gravedigger’ and ‘The Christmas Coat’

Mid-Michigan Family Theatre

440 Frandor Ave., Lansing

Through Dec.11

7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m.
Sundays $6 for students and adults; $4 for pre-school age. Tickets are
two-for-one on Dec. 10 for Stages of the Law night.

Tickets can be reserved by email ( or phone (517) 339-2145