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Performances suitable for kids ages 3 to 12

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO  - The whole cast shows their affection for their fuzzy friend singing 'Good Old Peppermint Bear.'Every year for the last two decades, the Lakewood Theatre Company has run a Holiday Breakfast Theatre production. Audience members eat a continental breakfast and then are treated to an interactive, seasonal performance. This year’s production is “The Peppermint Bear Show: Who Needs Sneeds.”

“The Peppermint Bear Show” book, lyrics, direction and choreography are by theater veteran Michael Snider.

“I eat, sleep, dream, live musical comedy,” said Snider, who served as Cinnamon Bear years ago in “The Cinnamon Bear Show” at Portland’s Lipman’s Department Store.

“The Peppermint Bear Show” is based upon the previous production.

“I did them for 25, 26 years here, there and everywhere,” Snider said. “I had these shows in four markets.”

Now, the show will go on. The production tells the story of Santa’s elves. While the elves rehearse for their annual Christmas show, the evil Sneed brothers plot to steal Santa’s Christmas gifts. Peppermint Bear, helps save the day.

“I used to do it with semi-professional actors, but this is a very young cast,” Snider said.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Santa's elves get their boss to join in as they sing 'Santa Is.' From left are Michelle Pitel, Wyatt Croxton, Kaitlin Baumgarten and Solomon Chaiyahat.The cast consists largely of student performers from area high schools, including Kaitlin Baumgarten, Michelle Pitel, Solomon Chaiyahat, Voni Kengla, Wyatt Croxton, Matthew Rowning, Dane Shroy, Kyle Fulton, Sierra Kruse, Selah Crisp and Culla Galaher.

“We are hoping to make this an annual thing,” Snider said.

The last two performances of “The Peppermint Bear Show” will be at 9 and 11 a.m. Dec. 22 in the community meeting room at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego.

Tickets are $12 for students and adults. Advance reservations are required. Doors open half an hour before curtain. For tickets, call the Lakewood Theatre Box Office at 503-635-3901 or visit tickets.lakewood-center.org.

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