By Laurie Brooks
Directed by Kari Steinbach

In their poorest winter ever,  Charles Ingalls backtracks his family to Burr Oak, Iowa, to take over the running of a hotel. When wealthy Mrs. Starr asks for Laura as a companion to read to her in the afternoons, Laura is overjoyed to be invited into such a fine house, but when she overhears Mrs. Starr offer to adopt Laura, she is certain that Ma and Pa will give her up to look after the other children. As Christmas morning approaches, Laura is faced with a decision: Will she choose what she believes is best for the family or will she find a way to stay with Pa, Ma, Mary and Carrie?

This original play presents the poignant story of the “missing” two years in the life of the Ingalls family—the only substantial period that Laura chose not to write about in her Little House books. A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas tells a story of healing that celebrates the importance of enduring family bonds.

Production Photos

Photo credit: Michael Traynor


The Cast

christopher J. DevaAn Pa ingalls

christopher J. DevaAn
Pa ingalls

Ella Sontowski Carrie ingalls

Ella Sontowski
Carrie ingalls

Jennifer Gruber Ma Ingalls

Jennifer Gruber
Ma Ingalls

Logan schuneman Johnny steadman

Logan schuneman
Johnny steadman

carley rose clover Laura Ingalls

carley rose clover
Laura Ingalls

Denise martineau Mrs. starr

Denise martineau
Mrs. starr

Olivia denninger Mary ingalls

Olivia denninger
Mary ingalls

Artistic Staff

Director: Kari Steinbach
Music Director: Mary Cay Stone
Costume Designer: Kris Livington
Scenic Designer: Jane Ryan
Light Designer: Adam Raine
Sound Designer: Jason Hobbie
Prop Master: Emma Davis
Stage Manager: Cody Wagner
Assistant Stage Manager: Blues Bland