Just in time to infuse some Christmas spirit into the Jackson County community, the Apple City Players will present The Reason for the Season on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12 and 13, at the Markay Cultural Arts Center in downtown Jackson.

The one-hour play is described as “a lighthearted play that celebrates the true meaning of Christmas” with the help of Christmas carolers, shepherds, Mary and Joseph, manger animals, a Christmas chef, a bus full of weary travelers and a troop of Christmas elves. Santa Claus himself will even make a virtual appearance.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, Director Cynthia Stiffler has come up with a plan for participants and audience members to stay safe. A limited number of tickets for each performance will be sold as the auditorium will be filled to a maximum 15 percent occupancy. Family members may sit together, but social distancing will be in effect for separate groups and individuals. Masks will be required for both cast members and audience members.

Due to the limited capacity, there will be a total of six performances: 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day. The theatre will be cleaned between each performance.

All tickets will be sold in advance. Tickets are priced at $10 for adults and $5 for students and may be ordered by calling the Markay Box Office at 740-577-3841. If there is no answer, leave a message and a Markay representative will return the call.