Holiday show at Elkader Opera House features young cast

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The Elkader Opera House's holiday production, "Fruitcakes," features a young cast. Of the 23 performers in the show, 15 are kids. See the full story in the Clayton County Register.

The next production of the Elkader Opera House Players is a holiday comedy titled Fruitcakes. This family-friendly play is just the recipe for a fun-filled and touching evening of holiday cheer. It’s the story of Jamie, a kid who has run away from home, who at first thinks the town's inhabitants are nuttier than fruitcakes. However, he he comes to admire, appreciate and adore this quirky little town. It's a moving story of alienation, understanding and reconciliation.

The cast of 23 people is made up of eight adults and 15 kids. Eight of the youngsters—who come from Edgewood, McGregor, Garnavillo, Elkader, Prairie du Chien and Strawberry Point—are making their Opera House Player debut. The kids range from age 5 to 15. 

The show features Cary Kann as Mack, a grandfather who befriends Jamie, played by Ed-Co 6th grader Christopher Lange.

“The hardest part of the show has been learning my lines—I have a lot!” said Christopher. “The character resembles me a lot actually. He's a sarcastic and kind of sassy. Her loves everything about this weird town, but he's also still growing and doesn't really know right from wrong at the start. All the people help him realize what's important."

“This show captures the true meaning of Christmas, a little with a nativity story, but mostly with reminders of the importance of family and forgiveness," Cheri Moser said. "When I first read this script, I laughed, grew to love the characters, and then cried at the end.  So that is our goal for this show--make the audience fall in love with this make-believe town and also make them want to go home afterwards and hug the people they love.  What more could you want from a holiday show?" 

Performance dates for “Fruitcakes” are December 6 and 7 and December 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m., and December 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. , Dec 13 & 14 at 7:30pm, Dec 15th at 2pm. Tickets are available by calling 563-873-2378, emailing, visiting Elkader Floral or going online to


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