An overbearing theater director (Melissa Gilbert) gets a new outlook on life when she takes a small-town gig.
When Vera Parks (Melissa Gilbert) a very temperamental Broadway director is fired from yet another job, she has few options available to her. Finally her director is able to find her a job, but it’s directing a small upstate Christmas Pageant. She needs the money, but it’s a big let down for her to deal with these small town people in a little Christmas Pageant that has been the same for decades. She wants to quit, but her agent insists she gives it a try and the town tries to convince her to do her best. But not all of them agree. Does the town need Vera, or does Vera need the town? That’s the key. When Vera learns the real reason she was offered the job, she’s not very happy about it. Then she gets a really great job offer, and by that time she’s very attached to the town. So should she fulfill her dream by getting the ultimate job, or stay with the little town that loves her? This is a decent little Christmas film, with an uncomplicated plot. It’s nice to visit with Melissa Gilbert of “House on the Prarie” fame. It’s been years since I’ve seen her. She plays a nice lady with a lot of ambition who has to learn to slow down an “stop and smell the roses” once in a while. It’s not a great film, it’s very simple, but it is relaxing and is certainly different. It’s nice to have all these new previews this year. It might be harder to find this in the future, as this may not be one that stands the test of time, but it’s a nice simple pass time for a couple peaceful hours and quite enjoyable.