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'A Christmas Memory'

It's the memories that make a holiday special, and celebrating those moments is at the heart of Truman Capote's short story, "A Christmas Memory."

Petaluma Readers Theater's production of "A Christmas Memory" proved such a success the past three years that the group is bringing the show back for three performances on Dec. 7-9.

This year's production, directed by Maureen Studer, features holiday music before the show. Readers for "A Christmas Memory" include Jennifer March, Terry Kolkey, Leslie Scatchard and John Ton.

"A Christmas Memory" tells the story of Capote's younger years growing up in the rural South during the Depression. Living with his cousin, Capote remembers back to when he was about 10 years old, and it was suddenly decided that it was fruitcake weather.

Sharing stories about the task of baking 30 cakes for mostly far-away friends and other rituals of Christmastime make Capote's "A Christmas Memory" nostalgic and touching.

Readers theater, for those not familiar with it, is a simple style of performing. There are no costumes, scenery or props to deal with, which makes it a very portable form of theater.

The performers are usually seated on stools, dressed in black and have music stands in front of them with the script. The dramatic interpretation is all from the waist up. The performers use gesturing, but no miming.

Petaluma Readers Theatre founder Jennifer March came across Capote's short story several years ago and thought it would work well for a readers theater.

"A friend of mine read &‘A Christmas Memory' to me one winter and I knew I wanted to do it," said March. "I found out that another readers theater company had a script for it, so I got it and have been holding on to it until we could put it together."

Performances of "A Christmas Memory" will be held at the Murray Rockowitz Photographer Studio, 128 Petaluma Blvd. North.


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