Ring in the Holidays with Avon Players’ ‘Forever Christmas’

Enjoy the music of the season and laugh alongside your loved ones at this original variety show

Avon Players celebrates the sounds and sentiment of the holiday season with the newest installment of its very own Christmas variety show, Forever Christmas, running November 29 – December 14 in Rochester Hills, MI.

Left to Right: Principal singers Sherri Angelotti, Clay Hargrave, Kirsten Renas,
Matt Cason, and Lori Smith.
Photo Credit: Bryan Clifford

Do you remember gathering with the family, freshly popped popcorn in hand, around the 19-inch color television set to watch Christmas specials from the likes of Bob Hope, Perry Como, or the Osmonds? If so, Avon Players’ latest offering will be as warm and comforting as your childhood couch. Created by Avon Players President John (JD) Deierlein, Forever Christmas combines beautiful seasonal music and holiday-themed sketch comedy in a show that will have the whole family in the holiday spirit.

Left to Right: Principal actors Anthony Sherman (Santa), Bodi Johnson (Boy), Katie Jostock (Elf), and Johannah Steinbrecher-Booker (Mom).
Photo Credit: Bryan Clifford

As an added holiday treat, audiences will feast on the performance of a special guest, legendary radio personality Chuck Daugherty. Mr. Daughterty is a Michigan native whose credits include work as an actor on the Detroit-produced The Lone Ranger, and DJ on The All Night Satellite and Hi-Fi Club. A friend of Barry Gordy and a frequent visitor to Hitsville, USA, Mr. Daughtery has the distinction of having subbed for Dick Clark on American Bandstand and was among the first to promote surfing music, including The Beach Boys.

Tickets for all shows are $22 ($20 on Sundays for students and seniors). Call 248.608.9077 for tickets or order online at www.AvonPlayers.org. Group rates are available by calling the box office. “Like” Avon Players Theatre on Facebook for special offers on tickets. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. All seats are reserved.  Show dates and times follow:

Friday, Nov. 29             8:00 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 30         8:00 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 1             2:00 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 6               8:00 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 7           8:00 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 8            2:00 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 13             8:00 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 14         8:00 p.m.

Founded in 1947, Avon Players is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit community theatre located along the winding banks of Stoney Creek in the quaint Historic District of Rochester Hills, only about two miles from the heart of downtown Rochester. Avon Players has been performing shows in its unique A-frame theater since 1965.  With ticket prices set at a fraction of those at a professional theatre (plus free parking and concessions on a donation basis), a family of four can experience a sensational live theatrical event for about the cost of one ticket at a “downtown” venue. And for regular theatre-goers, an affordable outing can be an even better bargain by taking advantage of Avon Players’ season ticket packages, which yield discounts of up to 21% per ticket. Additionally, season ticket holders enjoy priority seating selection and voting privileges in Avon’s annual “Stoney Awards.” Additional information regarding tickets and productions is available by calling the Avon Players box office at 248.608.9077 or by visiting the website: www.AvonPlayers.org.

Cast and Production Staff by Community:


Kirsten Renas (Alto)

Lake Orion

Bodi Johnson (Actor)


Sharon Jourdan


Bryan Clifford (Projection Design)

Anthony Sherman (Actor)

Rochester Hills

John (JD) Deierlein (Creator/Director)

Peggy Deierlein (Producer)

Nick Frederick (Sound Design/Projection Design)

Clay Hargrave (Tenor)

Royal Oak

Tina Castiglione (Actors’ Costume Design)

Shelby Township

Chuck Daugherty (Special Guest Appearance)

Katie Jostock (Actor)

Lori Smith (1st Soprano)

Sterling Heights

Johannah Steinbrecher-Booker (Actor)


Sherri Angelotti (Soprano 2)

Matt Cason (Bass)

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