ZUMBROTA -- Despite best intentions, sometimes everything goes wrong.
That's the case in "5 Carols for Christmas," a holiday musical to be presented the next two weekends at the State Theatre in Zumbrota. The show is paired with "JingleJacks" in a double feature of holiday hijinks produced by Z-Theatre.
"5 Carols" is set in 1954 as a group of women, all with variations on the name "Carol," prepare the annual PTA Christmas pageant. There's Carol, Queryl, Karil, Carroll and Car'l, and they're best of friends. Even the best of friendships, though, can be strained under the pressure of getting the pageant up and running. A last-minute power outage doesn't help.
Everything is better with holiday music, though, and in this case, the songs include "Ding Dong Merrily on High," O Christmas Tree," "Toyland," and others.
The show is directed by Dylon Starr, and features Ronda Anderson-Sand, Laura Haugen, Heather Hauser, Jessica Ottem, Stephanie Pocklington and Lori Rauen.
"JingleJacks," the second part of this double bill, is set at a logging camp in the woods of Canada, where four singing lumberjacks are ready for a Christmas webcast for their fans. Hank, Thor, Jean-Phillipe and Garrett the Ferret, spread holiday joy with songs like "Out in the Doghouse" and "Twelve Days of Jackstuff."
"JingleJacks" is directed by Katie Hawley, and features Brian Adams, Henry Hildenbrand, Rich Mansfield and Jon Pockington, with Anne Solberg providing musical accompaniment.
Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Dec. 13 and 2 p.m. Dec. 15. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students, available at ztheatre.org and 507-218-2066.