Tipping Point Theatre continues its 16th theatrical season beginning Nov. 29, with the Southeast Michigan premiere of A Very Northville Christmas by Robert Hawlmark and directed by John Lepard of the Williamston Theatre.
Audiences will meet a professional woman running in the fast lane of the big city corporate world who journeys back to her hometown of Northville on a mission for her boss. When she runs into a handsome acquaintance from high school, she's forced to evaluate her life and priorities. Hot cocoa, light parades and romance collide. This spoof is for every Hallmark movie lover, hater and everyone in between. It's full of small-town charm, big-city dreams, romance and family life all set in charming downtown Northville; a Hawlmark original, organizer said.
“Right after the holidays last year, I was intensely planning Season 16, when I received a message from playwright Robert Hawlmark asking if I might be interested in his new play that he just adapted for Northville,” said Julia Glander, the Tipping Point Theatre producing artistic director. “I read the play and laughed out loud. Yes, I was interested. I also knew that it had had a very successful run at Williamston Theatre. I was sure Northville audiences would love it.”
“Audiences should expect to laugh uncontrollably,” stated Lepard. “This play is special because it blends the heartwarming spirit of Hallmark movies with the ridiculous humor of plays like The 39 Steps and Irma Vep. Part of the fun for the audience is seeing if the actors can keep up with the split-second costume changes while staying in character. You never know what might happen on any given performance.”
Additionally, audiences can expect some special surprise cameo appearances by local businesses, their owners, and other local flair beloved by Northville residents.
A special opening night pre-glow reception is planned for 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 in the lobby preceding the 6 p.m. performance. Holiday hors d'oeuvres, Christmas cookies, chai tea and wine will be provided free of charge to all patrons with tickets to the Dec. 2 performance.
Visit www.tippingpointtheatre.com for exact performance dates and times and tickets are available online. Tickets can be purchased by phone at (248) 347-0003. Discounts for seniors (62 and over), military and students are also available at the box office window located inside Tipping Point Theatre at 361 East Cady St. Northville, MI 48167.