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The children who live at Peaceful Valley Orphanage hug Mrs. Frump, the director. Photo by Peggy Blackburn
The children who live at Peaceful Valley Orphanage hug Mrs. Frump, the director. Photo by Peggy Blackburn

‘The Christmas Bus’ makes stops in Wetumpka

Published 10:23am Thursday, December 12, 2013

Nearly a thousand children visited the Wetumpka Depot Theatre Monday and Tuesday attending multiple productions of the Depot Players’ annual Christmas production. Upward of a thousand more are expected for daytime shows from Wednesday through Friday while general audiences will crowd the theatre Thursday and Friday nights.

This year’s production, “The Christmas Bus,” introduces audiences to the residents of the Peaceful Valley Orphanage and shares the fears and joys of the orphanage director and the children. The experience culminates with a special Christmas Eve adventure.

“Our annual Christmas show is one of my favorite things,” said Kristy ­Meanor, Depot executive director. “It’s our opportunity for the Depot to truly celebrate our mission to educate, entertain and reach out to the entire ­community.”

The holiday production is staged with two separate casts to accommodate the many shows offered.

“We have an ambitious production schedule that makes the double casts necessary,” said Meanor. “But the look on the (audience) children’s faces, especially when it snows, is priceless.”

The Depot Players began staging a holiday show for local school students several years ago. At the time, the group’s goal was to offer a theatre experience to 200-300 children.

“We had no idea how popular it would become,” said Meanor.

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