As virtual reality becomes an important part of pandemic precautions, it should come as no surprise that Santa and Mrs. Claus will meet with faithful believers everywhere through the magic of Zoom.
In southeast Michigan, Trenton’s Open Book Theatre Company has a special spot in its heart for characters with a dramatic flair and a love of costumes, so their hosting virtual visits with Santa is a nature fit as the holidays approach.
OBTC’s Zoom with Santa will feature one-on-one meetings with the kindly gent, beginning the day after Thanksgiving, and running through Christmas Eve.
With Mrs. Claus at his side, the pair will talk to children online from the North Pole, from his comfortable, holiday-themed chair, by a cozy fire and a festive, decorated tree.
Adults may purchase a ticket for each child’s visit by reserving a five-minute session with Santa. A downloadable video is part of the package.
When selecting a time, Santa’s grown up helpers will remind the jolly old elf, by means of a questionnaire, about important aspects of the child’s life, including their name, as well as family and pet names, and whether they have been naughty or nice – all in the spirit of transparency, off course.
Each five-minute time slot, per child, is $30, with a $40 premium price for Christmas Eve. Other add-on options include a letter from Santa, and a present from Santa, for $10 per add-on.
With the gift option, Santa will hold up a package, then give it to Rudolph to deliver after the Zoom session ends. This holiday magic is accomplished with identical packages – one dropped off by the adult at the North Pole (AKA OBTC, 1621 West Road, in Trenton), and one hidden, identically wrapped gift at the child’s location. Those who want Santa to say where he hid the gift may provide Santa with the critical clues prior to the Zoom session.
Reservations are currently being accepted, with bookings beginning the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 27 which will be booked from 1 to 4 p.m., and from 5 to 9 p.m.
Other weekdays will be booked from 5 to 9 p.m., with Saturdays and Sundays booked from 1 to 4 p.m. and from 5 to 9 p.m.
For more information, call the Open Book Theatre Company, at 734-288-7753 or go to its website, at openbooktc.com.
PGD ONE-ACT AUDITIONS RESCHEDULED TO DEC. 7
The Players Guild of Dearborn has changed the date for its online auditions, which are by appointment, and for members only, to Dec. 7 for an evening of Christopher Durang One Act Plays. Additional auditions will be held Dec. 8 if needed.
To renew or become a member, go to the group’s website, at playersguildofdearborn.org, to download a form and membership information.
The three one acts are “Mrs. Sorkin,” directed by Matt Ripper, “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls,” directed by David Culliton and “The Actor’s Nightmare,” directed by Sydnee Corbin.
Colleen Ripper and Kristen Campbell will produce the One Acts.
Those auditioning will be asked to prepare a two to three-minute monologue.
Each show, to the extent possible, will have its own distinct cast, to prevent cross-exposure during the rehearsal process.
The Durang One Acts are slated for February 2021, and will be filmed live, onstage, then streamed to audiences on-demand.
If COVID-19 conditions prevent a safe rehearsal environment, the show may be moved back or canceled.
For audition information, contact casting governor Denise Kowalewski-Tucker at [email protected]