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Paige Collins, Liberty Jewel, Jared Duskin, and Melanie Cummings in NHCT's performance of "Dashing Through the Snow."

Christmas shows taking over New Horizon

WEST POINT —New Horizon Community Theatre is putting on two productions in the coming weeks, carrying on its tradition of helping the Greater Valley Area get into the Christmas spirit through acting, dance and song.

Starting Thursday night at 8 p.m. and running every night through the weekend with an additional 2 p.m.matinee on Saturday will be NHCT’s production of the comedy “Dashing Through the Snow.”

Written by American playwright group Jones Hope Wooten, “Dashing Through the Snow” is described as a “lighthearted, southern comedy” by director Bill Nixon.

“We have done Gifts of the Magi and The Christmas Carol the last few years and wanted to do something that was a little bit different,” Nixon said. “This s a no-brainer comedy. If you go in looking for a moral or to use your brain too much, you are in the wrong place.”

The play is set in the lobby of Snowflake Inn, a holiday-themed bed and breakfast in Tinsel, Texas. With the events of the play following four groups of guests, wild antics and bizarre situations take the audience on a silly, fun adventure.

Nixon said that he and his group of 16 cast members have been working on the production for the past six weeks and the production was picked last May. The entirety of the cast is local, with members hailing from the Valley, LaGrange and even Columbus area.

Tickets for the show are $16 for adults and $13 for students, seniors and active military. They can be purchased online at nhct.org or by calling the box office at 706-518-6234. Nixon urges everyone to come not only to support local art, but to have a few moments of relaxation during the Christmas season.

“It’s a fun show,” he said. “It’s not deep comedy, it’s not deep drama, it’s not something you really need to think about, it’s just something where you can kick back for a brainless two hours and relax during the holidays.”

After this weekend’s productions, NHCT will be holding their fifth annual production of Once Upon a December. The musical variety show, which features international Cirque Dreams star Julia Langley, will run on Thursday, Dec. 20 for one night only.

“It’s about an hour and a half of nonstop Christmas music,” Nixon said. “It’s contemporary Christmas songs, traditional Christmas songs. There’s a live band to accompany the singers and over 25 singers and dancers.”

Tickets are $15 and Nixon said that the proceeds for the show go to NHCT’s scholarship program, which since it started has given 58 scholarships to local, graduating seniors pursuing degrees in the performing arts. Tickets can be reserved by emailing newhorizontickets@gmail.com or by calling 706-518-6234.