Holiday show sends seasonal cheer to troops overseas

Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR – The show on stage is designed to spread the spirit of Christmas to audience members young and old, and theater planners said that includes sharing the feeling with servicemen and women who will spend the holidays overseas.

Audience members are invited to bring donated items that have been requested by overseas troops to performances of “Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells” by the Downriver troupe Acting Out Productions. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 and 19, and 2 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Royal Majestic Theater inside Trillium Academy, 15740 Racho Blvd.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students 18 and younger and are available at the door or in advance via

The show – in part based on the best-selling Junie B. Jones books by Barbara Park – is a musical featuring holiday favorites new and old. The performance features an all-youth cast ranging from ages 4 to 18 in songs, dances and a living nativity scene.

The show’s producers said collected items will be sent to a military base overseas, where troops have asked for items that remind them of home or aren’t available where they’re stationed, ranging from Christmas cookies to coffee, microwave popcorn and Buffalo wings sauce.

Other requested items include AA batteries; card games; powdered sports drink products and energy drinks; and pens, pencils and pocket notebooks.

Acting Out Productions offers performance opportunities to Downriver residents through performances, workshops, and classes. For more information call 734-558-3208 or inquire via email at

(James Mitchell can be reached at