Don't mess with the church ladies
First Baptist's latest production is not your average Christmas play.
AMHERST – This is not your ordinary Christmas play.
The wacky, and sometimes warped mind, of Rev. Don Miller is back with another Christmas extravaganza, featuring members of the congregation at Amherst First Baptist.
The Spectacular Christmas Extravaganza: Don’t Mess With the Church Ladies from Dec. 13 to 15 in the church sanctuary, running nightly at 8 p.m.
It’s the fifth in a series of plays written by Miller and including the congregation.
“As we found out in previous extravaganzas, lovable Bill and Will, the two lead characters, are in charge of doing the productions in their church at Christmastime and every year they face different obstacles,” Miller said. “This year, all the costumes have been made and everyone knows their lines. The only problem is the weekend they want to do their extravanganza is the same weekend the old ladies want to do their missionary work.”
Miller said the productions have always been popular and usually sell out.
“I think it’s popular because it’s not your typical Christmas play. People come expecting to see a Sunday school play, it’s going to be boring or religious. I try to do something a little different. It’s fun, it’s music, dancing and a little message as well,” he said.
Elizabeth O’Donaghue, who recently returned to First Baptist as the organist, plays the role of Myrtle Matthews, who is described as “an old battle axe.”
O’Donaghue said she loves the script.
“It’s a very interesting script. It’s a challenge to be so cranky all the time,” she said.
Also returning are Rick Creamer as Will and Hollis McCarthy as Bill.
“It’s been fun,” Creamer said. “We keep thinking our next play will be the last, but Don keeps coming up with new angles. Each one is funnier than the last.”
Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the church office.