BY LEANN DILBECK
The Polar Express has rolled back into Polk County and was among the spectacular line-up during Friday’s downtown Christmas parade. There will be four opportunities for the public to view the large-scale FREE interactive performances this weekend that features a cast and crew of over 150 local adults and children.
The original screenplay is loosely based on the legendary Christmas favorite book and movie, The Polar Express, and while it focuses on “believing,” this adaptation focuses more on Donnie’s (the main character’s) quest for the true meaning of Christmas as it meanders through the Ouachita Mountains to meet “Nick.”
Each production seats approximately 900 people who become part of the production as the inside of the CMA Iron Mountain facility is transformed into an enormous passenger rail car and organizers encourage everyone to arrive early.
The production will include many of the “crowd favorite” scenes such as “Hot Chocolate” and “Stomp” but there are also some changes and improvements from last year’s performances that will keep the audience on their toes. Organizers are very quick to say that the production is not just for children but this heart-warming performance is entertaining for adults as well.
Months and countless hours go into this production with as many as six different facilities all being utilized simultaneously during rehearsals to accommodate the grand-scale and large cast.
There will be four opportunities to view The Polar Express: Friday, December 11, and Saturday, December 12 at 7 p.m. nightly with two performances on Sunday, December 13 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. All performances will be at the CMA Iron Mountain Facility and are FREE to the public, no ticket is necessary, but seating is limited to the first 900.