OXFORD – “The Last Doll: A Children’s Christmas Musical” hits the Oxford High School stage Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Co-authored by the late Fred Dankert and Diane Thorne, the play was the first ever to be performed by the Oxford Civic Theatre Group, back in 2008. Before Dankert passed away last February, he had invited Gail Murphy from Norwich into the Oxford fold, to take his place as director during the last play he was involved in when he fell ill. Subsequently when the theater group was contemplating its next production, they settled on one of Dankert’s plays, as a tribute to their beloved friend and founder.
“We chose ‘The Last Doll’ over Fred’s other plays for a number of reasons,” said cowriter and Oxford Civic Theatre Group president Diane Thorne. “For starters, it was the first play he and I wrote together, as well as the first play the Oxford group performed.”
“After four years we also have a fresh group of people for the casting,” added assistant director and cast member Diane Lewis.