Gunter Methodist Church mounts culture clash Yule show

Saturday, December 16, 2017
Cast of Gunter Methodist Christmas play, “Twas the Clash Before Christmas” included Kenny King, Pastor Mike Tharp, Garrett Tharp, Jake Tharp, Rick Harris, Amy Harris, Kindra Eden, Kelbe Eden, Kaylynn Harris, Kael Eden, Karmen Eden, Andy Harris, along with Hannah Reid and Gary West, directors. Contributed photo

Country values vs. the material world collide in play

A clash of cultures came to Barry County as Gunter Methodist Church presented its Christmas play, "Twas the Clash Before Christmas," written by Karen Jones.

A cast of 13 adults and youth told the story of what happens when a country boy moves to the big city, marries, and loses himself to the lures of material things and misplaced values. All is remedied when his country family piles into and onto their truck for a surprise Christmas visit to the big city.

Rick Harris and Kaylynn Harris in a scene from Gunter Methodist’s Christmas production. Contributed photo

Complete with a live turkey as their offering for Christmas dinner, the country clan brings its value-oriented lifestyle and humorous antics to the big city. Once they reach their metropolitan destination the rural folk run afoul of the law and come under the scrutiny of a rich socialite fancied by Pappy McGreevy, the family patriarch.

All ends well as Pappy guides everyone away from all the trivial, misplaced chores of modern day Christmas and back to a simpler time and the birth of the Christ child.

Cast members included Kelbe Eden, Karmen Eden, Kael Eden, Kaylynn Harris, Kindra Eden, Andy Harris, Hannah Reid, Rick Harris, Kenny King, Pastor Mike Tharp, Amy Tharp, Garrett Tharp and Jake Tharp. Technical responsibilities were handled by James Terry, Donna Terry , and Jerry Tharp. Gary West and Rhonda Harris directed the production.

Gunter Methodist is located east of Butterfield, midway between Monett and Cassville.