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Phil Matthei, who will be performing the role of Yule, said he is a veteran of holiday plays, having performed in three recent holiday shows.

"I'm pretty much a regular in these holiday plays. It's always fun working with the kids," he said. "I hope people come and enjoy the show."

Lauren Kerr, a college student also working full-time, plays the role of Satchel. She said this has been a new experience for her because of so many children in the performance.

"This is the first year I worked with a lot of kids younger than me," Kerr said. "The schedule is kind of crazy, but I love Christmas shows."

Several families are working together on the performance, including the Doyle family, of sisters Isabella and Ava and their mother, Anne-Marie.

Anne-Marie Doyle complimented the play's sharp writing.

"It's clever; it's very clever," she said. "It truly is for the entire family."

Isabella said she is excited to be doing an original play because it allows her to interpret the character any way she likes. Her sister Ava is playing the violin in the show, although it is not in the script, as part of her interpretation of her role.

Another family performing in the show is the Siegel family. Sisters Chloe and Pheebee are performing with their mother, Sharon.

Sharon pointed out how the family atmosphere generated by the cast is mirrored by working with her own family.

"It's particularly nice working together as a family," Sharon Siegel said.

Aaron Bailey said his mother, Liesl, coaxed him into the play by allowing him to skip out on chorus in school if he performed in it. He has never been in a play before.

He said he is having a good time rehearsing for the play but joked that he hopes more boys will be in the cast of his next production.

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