“I think I’ve done this show now about five times because it is one of the best Christmas stories ever.”The popular Christmas play opens Friday, Dec. 1, at the theater, located at 616 N. Delaware Ave. in Mason City. “I’ve watched the movie and read the book,” said Ellie Scholl. “When I found out Stebens was doing it, I was ‘Oh my gosh, I have to get a part.’ It has been one of my favorites.”The book by Barbara Robinson was published in 1972, and a 1983 movie starred Loretta Swit.
CLEAR LAKE | The deadline to enter a float in the Christmas by the Lake lighted parade is Thursday, Nov. 30. This marks the event's 23rd anniversary.The parade will be Saturday, Dec. 2, with the theme “Christmas Around the World.” Entries must have an identifying sign or banner. Judging will be during the parade, and prizes will be awarded based on the best use of lights, music and overall creativity. Prizes are: first place, $300; second place, $150 and third place, $75.
MASON CITY | “See a need, fill a need.” The quote is not original with Austin Bailey -- it’s actually from the 2005 movie “Robots” -- but Bailey uses it to explain his venture into script writing.Bailey said they started doing Christmas programs at the church a couple of years ago. Last year’s program was one his mom found online. This year, they struggled to find one they liked, and someone asked Bailey if he could help. “This is the first play I’ve finished,” Bailey said.
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