ACT1 presents ‘Home for Christmas’



ALPHARETTA, Ga. – ACT1 Theater presents Lloyd C. Douglas’ “Home for Christmas,” Friday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 22.

“Home for Christmas” is a winter’s tale of a scattered family’s holiday reunion written by Douglas, the famed author of “The Robe,” “Magnificent Obsession” and “The Big Fisherman.” In 1935, in the middle of his three epic blockbuster novels, Douglas created a small gem of a Christmas story set in a family farmhouse in snowy southern Michigan.

As in the television series of the iconic Walton family, the Clayton family experienced the dire poverty and hard work of farm life during the Depression era. Despite the hardships, the family members found joy in life and in each other. As adults, the three Clayton children are all financially successful. It has been far too long since they have seen either their mother or each other. Reluctantly, they return to the rigors of the farm to recreate the simple Christmas of their childhood.

Roswell resident Lisa Matchen directs the 19-member Roswell, Alpharetta and North Fulton cast.

Roswell resident Mike Yow stars as Jim Clayton, a driven and wealthy factory owner. He is also the benefactor of his mother and his two younger sisters. A professional stage and film actor, Yow performs with the OTC Comedy Group. He is an acting coach with RISPA Performing Arts School and with the Lionheart Performing Arts Center in Norcross. Yow performed the lead role of Atticus Finch in ACT1’s production of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and as Fagin in the musical “Oliver.” Yow was last seen on the streets of downtown Alpharetta as the grave digger in the Alpharetta Cemetery Tour in October.

Professional Alpharetta actresses Kerrie Doty and Karen Walsh star as the two Clayton sisters. Doty, who appears as Nan Clayton, recently performed as the Archbishop of Canterbury in North Fulton Drama Club’s production of “Henry V.” The actress speaks fluent Russian and appeared in Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” in Fabrefaction Theatre’s 2011 production. Veteran Atlanta actress Walsh performs as the contentious Gertrude Clayton Eldridge, who seems determined to ruin Nan’s efforts to bring the family together.

ACT1 Theater presents “Home for Christmas”

Friday, Nov. 29 – Sunday, Dec. 22

All Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, 180 Academy Street, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009

Tickets: $15 for adults, $12 for children

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