“The Santa Diaries is a funny, touching, popped-culture spin on an old roasting chestnut of a tale – the insufferable heel redeemed by the spirit of Christmas. Ambler and Burt’s toy box story line provides ample opportunity for future productions to play with a range of scenic design, innovative casting opportunities, and a holiday season’s worth of fun.”
Brent Lewis, author of Remembering Kent Island: Stories from the Chesapeake, A History of the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department, and Bloody Point -
a mystery set in the Chesapeake Bay's Eastern Shore.
A Christmas Wedding: The Santa Diaries II is now available.
This show visits the same characters five years later as Will and Jessica return home for their small-town Christmas wedding. But the plot thickens as Will's ex-fiancee and his manager try to turn the wedding into a reality TV event.
"When I attended The Merlin Players' performance of The Santa Diaries four years ago at the Paradise Center for the Arts, I laughed. And I cried. Playwrights and performers brought a moving message coupled with comedy to the stage. And now they've done it again in A Christmas Wedding - The Santa Diaries II. The story evolves with humor aplenty, conflict and discerning what's most important in life. Chose Fame and fortune? Or love, happiness and contentment?"
Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Minnesota Prairie Roots
A Christmas Wedding is all about love and family and friends and second chances, remembering what's really important in life, and maybe "embracing the crazy" a little bit along the way. The characters in the show are extremely relatable, and our audiences fell in love with them." Actor Michael Lambert, who played Will.