Dave Hamilton and I had had discussions about doing a Guilty Pleasures sequel. Since there had been talk of how cool it would be to resurrect Ebeneezer Scrooge, I suggested what if the cast enjoyed doing their show so much they wanted to do Scrooge and got Wacker to direct? Eventually that evolved into Guilty Christmas.
We worked on it during the Covid-19 pandemic and thought we might get to produce it in 2020. When it was obvious that was not going to happen, we decided to shoot for the holiday season of 2021. We offered the parts to those that had done Guilty Pleasures. And other than Tom Callahan, everyone else returned.
From left: Sharon Kerrigan as Deanne, Pam Taylor as Linda, Liz Tonkinson as Summer, Joanie San Agustin as Pamela, Anita Kelley as Judge Kerry Bings, Chris Taylor as Chad, Tom Callahan as Bob, Jeff Whitt as Dylan, and Kurt Munger as Dick Wacker.
We worked with Michelle Morton at Valhalla Tahoe to present it in the Grand Hall which was a beautiful setting and perfect for the show.
Ginger Janssen designed our poster in the style of previous Guilty Pleasure posters with hilarious "fake quotes" (See below).
We started rehearsals in October and even though we had difficulties getting all of the cast at rehearsals at the same time, and... I and a couple other cast members got Covid over Thanksgiving we were able to open on December 10 for a special fundraiser. And then, the snow hit....
We ended up having to cancel all of our shows planned for the following week. Bummer.