The Chippewa Valley Theater Guild is hosting an extra season for the community as a fundraising event on December 16th and 17th. Jake Lindgren, founder of the Eau Claire Downstage Left Theater Company and member of the Chippewa Valley Theater Guild, directs. The Santaland Diaries for this two-day production.
“When the opportunity arose to help (CVTG) fundraise, it just came naturally and I wanted to do the show for a very long time,” Lindgren said.
The Santaland Diaries is a piece by David Sedaris, first published in the 1990s, that chronicles his experiences moving to New York and working as an elf at Macy’s Santaland. This is an adult show for one person and is approximately 90 minutes long with no intermission.
The show stars local actor Coby Shaw, who has been working on the piece since June. The rehearsal process was not typical of Lindgren and Shaw, as they started when Shaw had already basically memorized the piece.
It was a huge pleasure to work with her and watch her bring it to life,” said Lindgren.
Lindgren has grown up with CVTG since joining as a teenager. He also studied at UW-Eau Claire, earning a degree in integrated theater with a focus on directing. Lindgren is well versed in directing, acting, dancing, costume design and more: you name it, he did it.
For CVTG, Lindgren directed the show. Arsenic and old lace, Chrismas storyas well as Love, loss and what I wore. For his own company, Downstage Left, he directed Terrible injuries on the playground, Amish Project, 21A, God of Carnageand more.
Lindgren encourages people interested in the scene to get involved.
“(People) want to act in theater but are inexperienced and afraid to audition or show up,” Lindgren said. “It’s a great place to show off, you’ll find your people, you’ll find your family, and you’ll find your niche. There’s always something to do besides what’s happening on stage.”
The Santaland Diaries sure to bring a lot of pleasure to those present. It’s only for two nights, so be sure to get your tickets soon.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students. Call (715) 832-7529 or visit the Chippewa Valley Theater Guild website for more information.