A visit to the Mae Wilson Theatre to see An Amish Family Christmas will put you in the Christmas spirit when you leave, according to the play’s author and director.
Dollie Fowler, who is also an actress, is bringing the show from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to Moose Jaw on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.
The Pennsylvania Amish of Lancaster County are America’s oldest Amish settlement and thousands still live a centuries-old lifestyle.
While Fowler is not Amish herself, she has grown up with their way of life.
“I just grew up knowing the Amish and we have Amish friends,” she told the Times-Herald.
Fowler said she has written several plays about the Amish, which are all true to life.
“They are about real people with life situations, happy times, sad times, and I want people to know the Amish are no different to anyone else.
“Just because they dress differently and travel mostly by horse and buggy, people think a lot of things that are not true about the Amish but they are no different to anyone else and I try to show that in my shows.
“Their lives are centered around their families, their religion and their community.”
Fowler said she was inspired to write plays about the Amish after she acted as tour guide to show people the Amish county in Lancashire.
Read more in a future Times-Herald edition.