Here you will find some of the things that have come through The Arts Place, an archive of sorts. Sometimes it’s just fun to read about the things you have missed!
Everyone’s an art critic... but who’s serious enough to kill over it?! Sloane Akers is doing her best to keep afloat the Harriet Anderson Gallery (aka HAG) she inherited from her late Aunt Harriet. Standing in her way is Harriet’s conniving boyfriend, Jacob Smote, who wants to tear down the gallery and replace it with a sports complex. Desperate to save the gallery, Sloane plans to unveil a previously unseen masterpiece — her friend Maryann Manet’s lost Monet — along with works of some other well-known artists, including abstract painter Paxton Haddock and commercially successful gnome house extraordinaire, Tabitha Cincannon. But Jason hates all that “pretentious mumbo jumbo” and plots to wreck the evening by inviting slimy chauvinist and everybody’s ex-boyfriend, Blake Slocombe, to serve as emcee for Sloane’s make-or-break showing. By the end of the evening, Murder at the Art Show paints the perfect picture of greed, jealousy, and deception as a priceless Monet goes missing, art is hysterically destroyed, and a murder mystery is unveiled!
Winonachuck, neighbor to the Uselton’s, wants back the Christmas Tree Ranch her brother squandered to the Horace Uselton. She will stop at nothing, releasing millions mosquitoes every year, performing Indian dances, she even has the county sheriff and deputy involved in her evil scheme. With hilarious characters and twists along the way, you will not want to miss “Christmas at Skeeter Ranch” this holiday season.
Performed by: The Arts Place Companies
The fabulous Hey Der Yo Der Restaurant, Gifts and Fine Collectibles of Frumpville has caused Noah Miller to put his attentions into running the many Miller owned businesses of Frumpville in front of his family and their Christmas traditions. Through the years, he has neglected all for the business, which causes him to forget what Christmas is really all about. Yet this year, with the help of the Nativity Set, he is brought to remember the true meaning of why Christmas exists.
During the day, “A Likely Story” may look like any other used bookstore. But at night, it’s a place where magic happens. That’s when the characters inside the books come alive. Six of those characters — Dorothy Gale, Robin Hood, Pollyanna, Sherlock Holmes, Heidi, and Tom Sawyer — long to help Margie, the scatterbrained owner, save her struggling store. But they’re not allowed to leave the building or be seen by human eyes. So when a pair of smugglers comes looking for a stolen necklace hidden inside one of the books, the characters are torn. Should they warn Margie and risk disappearing forever? Or can they find a way to defeat the crooks without being seen? Featuring additional appearances by such beloved literary characters as the Queen of Hearts, Long John Silver, and Doctor Dolittle, this charming comedy celebrates the joy of reading in a fresh, fun-filled way.
Caesar Augustus has mandated registration, in your birth town, for a census to be taken of the entire Roman world. People from everywhere are traveling place to place. Just imagine the crowds! And where is everyone supposed to stay when they arrive? "The Inn at Bethlehem" is filled to capacity - even loveable Aunt Esther doesn’t have a place to sleep! Yet, amongst the madness, Rufus, the innkeeper, finds a place for a couple about to deliver God’s greatest gift! You’ll love this hilarious production as you watch guests check in to “The Inn at Bethlehem” and interact with one another. A bellman who doesn’t like to work, a maid staff who just can’t get it right, and plenty of other witty characters guarantee to keep you laughing as they usher you into the Christmas season!
In this love letter to small town life, Paradise Junction is the “best little town in the world,” a place where everyone gets along, the sun is always shining, and the tomatoes grow as big as beach balls. So when a TV network offers to film a reality show there, the townsfolk jump at the chance. After all, the town will receive five million dollars, while the publicity promises to turn the residents into TV stars. But host Wink Smiley has his own agenda. Secrets are revealed, old feuds are rekindled, and the town’s annual pie-baking contest is turned into a massive food fight. Now it’s up to Joe Goode, owner of the Rise ’n’ Shine Diner, to save the town. Will he find a way to stop Wink or will the residents be tricked into destroying their beloved town on live television? This heartwarming comedy will make you cheer while reminding you what really matters in life.
Appleville is a small, peaceful town, but you sure wouldn’t know it around Christmastime! Stress and distress run high each year for Amanda MacAfee, director of her church’s annual Christmas pageant, as the OTHER church in town puts on their ever-expanding Christmas pageant with real animals, amazing costumes, and even flying angels. Knowing she will never beat them at the same old game, Amanda decides this year will be different! Instead of telling the traditional story of the manger and the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, she will instead present a reenactment of the Twelve Days of Christmas, complete with plenty of poultry... and an unlimited potential for disaster! Thankfully, her son Adam, wise beyond his years, is making a traditionally simple and beautiful plan of his own (just in case!) with the help of his friends. While leaping lords, dancing ladies, and Mrs. McIlhaney — a real cow — wait in the wings, Adam and his friends lead Amanda and all of Appleville back to the true reason the angels sang that Christmas night so long ago.
When Cactus Jack (Samson) fell for Suzette (Delilah), a woman from the Valley of Silver Dollar City, it marked the beginning of his downfall and eventual demise. It didn't take long for the rich and powerful Town Council (Philistine rulers) to learn of the affair and immediately pay a visit to Suzette.. Hoping to capture him, the Town Council offered Suzette a sum of money to collaborate with them in a scheme to uncover the secret of Cactus Jack’s great strength.
Using her powers of good cooking and deception, Suzette persistently wore down Cactus Jack with her repeated requests, until he finally divulged the crucial information. Having taken the Boot Swallar vow at birth, Cactus Jack had been set apart to God. As part of that vow, his mustache was never to be cut.
While Cactus Jack slept on her lap, Suzette called in a co-conspirator to shave off his mustache. Subdued and weak, Cactus Jack was captured.
Rather than killing him, the Philistines preferred to humiliate him by gouging out his eyes and subjecting him to hard labor in The Silver Dollar City prison. As he was there, his mustache began to grow, but the careless Town Council paid no attention. And in spite of his horrible failures and sins of great consequence, Cactus Jack’s heart now turned to the Lord. He was humbled. He prayed to God—a first—and God answered.
Cactus Jack escaped from the prison cell and was on a rampage through the center of town. He killed everyone in the town and as Sheriff Amos Lee and he end up in a dual, they both find their death at the hand of the others gun. Through his death, Cactus Jack destroyed more of his enemies in this one sacrificial act, than he had previously killed in all the battles of his life.