My most frequently-produced script is THE FRUITCAKE, a Christmas one-one published through Brooklyn Publishers. It’s been produced 42 times so far and yet . . . I’ve never seen it. Nor have I been able to find photos from a production — until now.
The folks at Orrsville Community Theatre in Orrsville, Ohio — who were the 42nd production, in December 2014 — kindly provided these photos.
You can find the whole set here.
An extended and quite dysfunctional family gathers for a Christmas season tradition — Aunt Hazel’s historically inedible fruitcake. But before she can bring it out, some of the relatives steal the thing and make a bet on whether they can destroy it. Chaos ensues. Characters include a goth-punk teen, a science nerd, a tough-talking ex-Peace Corps worker, a nearsighted aunt, and so forth. Cast: Nine — 2 male, 4 female, 3 non-gender.
If you’re curious, here’s the entire production history — so far!
• Published by Brooklyn Publishing, spring 2006.
• Produced by Hoover Middle School, Indiatlantic, Fla. 2006.
• Produced by Deer Mount Judea, Deer, Arizona, 2006-2007.
• Produced by Parker School, Parker, South Dakota, 2006-2007.
• Produced by Hysham Public Schools, Hysham, Montana, 2006-2007.
• Produced by Reno High School, Reno, Nevada, Feb. 27, 2007.
• Produced by Leonardtown High School, Leonardtown, Maryland, March 1-3, 2007.
• Produced by Sahuaro High School, Tucson, Arizona, April 17, 2007.
• Produced by Admiral Thomas H. Moorer Middle School, Efaula, Alabama, 2007-2008.
• Produced by Pickett County High School, Byrdstown, Tenn., 2007-2008.
• Produced by Clearwater Public School, Clearwater, Nebraska, 2007-2008.
• Produced by Garrison High School, Garrison, North Dakota, 2007-2008.
• Produced by Westside Middle School, Omaha, Nebraska, Dec. 13, 2007.
• Produced by St. Joseph High School, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, April 29, 2008.
• Produced by Cedar Park Christian School, Everett, Washington, June 12, 2008.
• Produced by Salem Academy, Winston-Salem, N.C., Dec. 3, 2008.
• Produced by Mountain View High School, Mountain View, Wyoming. Dec. 4, 2008.
• Produced by New Berlin High School, New Berlin, Illinois, Oct. 9, 2009.
* Produced by Captain Shreve High School, Shreveport, Louisiana, Nov. 19, 2009.
* Produced by St. Clair County High School, Alabama Dec. 3, 2009.
* Produced by Ogemaw Heights High School, West Branch, Michigan, Dec. 21, 2009.
* Produced by Lincoln-Way North High School, Frankfort, Ill., March 20, 2010.
* Produced by Metter High School, Metter, Georgia, Dec. 2, 2010.
* Produced by Immaculate Heart High School, Tucson, Arizona, Dec. 15, 2010.
* Produced by Wahkiakum High School, Cathlamet, Washington, Dec. 29, 2010.
* Produced by Whitehouse High School, Whitehouse, Texas,, Dec. 30, 2010.
* Produced by Scotlandville Magnet High School, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Dec. 21, 2010.
* Produced by Chambers Public School, Chambers, Nebraska, Dec. 18, 2010.
* Produced by Dogwood Senior Drama, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Nov. 27, 2011.
* Produced by Churchland High School, Portsmouth, Va., Dec. 1, 2011.
* Produced by MN Players, MN Players, Havertown, Pa., Dec. 2, 2011.
* Produced by McEwen High School, McEwen, Tenn., Dec. 19, 2011.
* Produced by ABO School, Onida, South Dakota, January 2012.
* Produced by Cedar Rapids Public School, Cedar Rapids, Nebraska, Nov. 19, 2012.
* Produced by Rock-n-Bach, Frisco, Texas, Nov. 30, 2012.
* Produced by FWISD, Fort Worth, Texas, Dec. 20, 2012.
* Produced by Patrick Henry Academy, Estill, South Carolina, Oct. 29, 2013
* Produced by McCool Schools, McCool Junction, Nebraska, Nov. 1, 2013
* Produced by New Underwood School District N. 51-3, New Underwood, South Dakota, Nov. 23, 2013.
* Produced by Mitchell High School, Mitchell, Nebraska, Nov. 26, 2013.
* Produced by Maryvale High School, Phoenix, Arizona, April 29, 2014
* Produced by Hague High School, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, May 7, 2014
* Produced by Curro Private School, Langebaan, South Africa, August 15, 2014
* Produced by Orrville Community Theatre, Dalton, Ohio, December 5, 2014.