Village of Orland Park Theatre Troupe Presents "The Christmas Bus"

Village of Orland Park Theatre Troupe Presents "The Christmas Bus"
Posted on 11/23/2016

Orland Park’s award-winning Theatre Troupe celebrates the holiday season with their rendition of Robert Inman’s play, “The Christmas Bus.” Performances are Friday, December 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m. at the Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 S. Ravinia Avenue.

“It’s heartwarming.  It’s surprising. It has selfless acts of kindness in it,” said Producer/Director Frann Carnivele. “It shows the meaning of giving from the heart and not from the pocket. That’s the true meaning of Christmas.”

“The Christmas Bus” cast added several Christmas carols that the audience is free to join in and sing. The one hour and 45 minute play includes an intermission and features a cast of 17 actors, including nine children. The show is produced and directed by Carnivele with Mary Tuminello serving as assistant director.

“The cast is really great. I’m always very happy with the people who show up and audition, but this group seems to really have fun together,” Carnivele said.  “It’s really a good chemistry both on stage and off. “

Orland Park residents appearing in the show include Heather AnCel, Andrew Barrera, Allison Belair, Amanda Belair, Hannah Belair, Michelle Belair, Sarah Callis, Ray Fischer, Jeremiah Hladish-Ancel, Savanna Manning, Rebecca May, Jake Monnett, Bryan Riess, and Jacob Sexton.

The cast also includes Kathleen Donegan from Posen, Alexis Lubienski from Frankfort, and Ryan Valeck, from New Lenox. 

“The Christmas Bus” takes place on Christmas Eve with Mrs. Frump, director of the Peaceful Village Orphanage, planning a very special Christmas for her kids. She's borrowed an old school bus and arranged for each child to spend Christmas with a family in the area. Unfortunately, she hasn't told the Busybodies on the orphanage board of trustees, who think she has gotten too old and soft to handle the rowdy kids. With the help of an older orphan, Frump sets off to deliver the kids. This adventurous ride brings lots of fun for everyone.

“It’s a great story. Take time out of your busy holiday shopping & preparations and this busy season to be entertained and leave with a warm, comforting feeling,” Carnivele added.

Tickets are $14 for adults; $12 for seniors and students; $10 for children 12 and under. 
Tickets are available at the Recreation Administration Office, 14600 Ravinia Avenue. 
Tickets are reserved seating and there are no refunds for ticket purchases.

For more information, contact the Recreation Administration Office at (708) 403-7275.