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Imagine getting ready for the wonder and excitement of the holiday season over and over, but never actually being able to celebrate.

That quirky theme is explored with song and dance and some humor in the Classic Theatre Guild's production of Twas the Land of the Night Before, an original screenplay penned by Guilderland local Steve Soriano and Bill Douglas of East Greenbush.

Douglas said the process for coming up with the idea for the play was long and harrowing, and involved phone calls, diner meetings and parking lot rendezvous with Soriano, his co-writer.

He said the title for the family-friendly play, to be performed at the 440 Theater at Proctors, came to him while he was on the road one day.

"I was driving over Route 43 and this phrase popped into my head," Douglas said. "Twas the land of the night before."

Douglas said the original plan for the play was for several shorts sketches loosely connected, but he said as the ideas stared rolling, a more solidified story emerged.

"We call it a real play now," he joked.

Soriano said the play started out as "one rim shot after another," but eventually developed into a cohesive story.

Douglas said the writing of the play was very "deadline oriented" to make sure that work was actually getting done. Included in the play are nine songs, including a reprise of the first tune, he said.

Soriano, who is also directing the play, said he is unsure what the turnout will be.

"It's an unknown commodity," he said. "I wonder are the jokes really going to be good? Are the songs really going to be good?"

The story includes the main character, Yule, a ne'er-do-well magician who has been banished from his home for spells that often go awry, and his sidekick Satchel.

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