Arts Scene: Holiday shows add kick to season
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
‘It’s 24 hours before Christmas and all comic hell is about to break loose in the town of Tuna, the ‘third-smallest’ town in Texas where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies,” explains Chrissy Oddi of the Footlight Players, which again is putting on the popular “A Tuna Christmas.”
“In addition to the usual seasonal traumas that the holidays bring, a mysterious ‘Christmas Phantom’ has been vandalizing the yard displays in the town’s annual Christmas Yard Display Contest, threatening to throw the contest into turmoil. And if that wasn’t trouble enough, the disaster-prone production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ is falling apart,” Oddi went on.
With actors JC Conway and Daniel Kuhn performing as all 22 eccentric Tuna residents, both male and female, in this show, hilarity is sure to ensue.
“They bring to life those beloved Texans: Didi Snavely, who runs the used gun shop; her husband, R.R., who sees UFOs; Vera Carp, who’s defending her 15-year reign as Christmas Yard Display champion; Aunt Pearl, who poisons poodles trespassing on her yard; and all of their neighbors,” said Oddi.
Kristen Kos directs.
The show will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-8 and 13-15, with 3 p.m. matinee shows Sunday, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16 at the Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen St.
Tickets are $25, $22 for seniors and $15 for students. Student rush tickets available at the door for $10 10 minutes prior to performance with a valid student ID.
Call 722-4487 or go to www.footlightplayers.net.
Boeing South Carolina and the South of Broadway Theatre Company are putting on “A Merry Medieval Holiday Show” on Sunday at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive.
The show is a humorous example of the early “miracle plays” of the Middle Ages, short productions that were started in church but quickly became more popular than the service, so they were removed from that environment.
Expect to hear elegant Olde English mixed with funny contemporary language, and odd, funny characters and situations where the crowd is encouraged to “cheer the heroes and boo the villains.”
The play sounds humorous and like a great family activity, but the coolest thing about this is that in addition to selling tickets to the public, SOBTC, partnered with Communities in Schools, will be donating 500 tickets to schoolchildren who typically wouldn’t have the funds to attend such a performance.
“There are so many students in our community who never have the opportunity to attend live performances,” said Mary Gould, founder of SOBTC. “By giving underserved youth the opportunity to attend ‘A Merry Medieval Holiday Show,’ we are encouraging them to engage their imagination, stimulate their interest in the arts, and thereby foster their own creativity and growth.”
Another interesting thing is that the show is entirely cast with local youngsters between the ages of 10 and 18.
There will be one performance at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets to “A Merry Medieval Holiday Show” are $23 for grand tier seating and $33 for orchestra seating. They can be purchased at the coliseum advance ticket office, Ticketmaster Outlets (including select Publix Stores), or at 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Call South of Broadway Theatre Company at 745-0317.
‘A Christmas Story’
One of the more popular Christmas stories involves a Red Ryder BB gun, a leg lamp and the infamous “You’ll shoot your eye out” line.
Yes, folks. “A Christmas Story” is coming to a stage near you.
You’ll get to watch the misadventure of little Ralphie and his cohorts, frozen flagpole and all, as the anticipation builds toward Christmas morning.
Based on the beloved holiday movie classic, the stage version includes even more of Ralphie’s adventures drawn from humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir, “In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash.”
Presented by Charleston Stage at the Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St., the show will go on 7:30-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-8 and 13-15; 5-7 p.m. Sunday; and 3-5 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16.
Tickets are $34.50-$48.50, with seniors 60 and over paying $32.50-$38.50, and students 25 and under paying $22.50-$48.50.
Call 577-7183 or go to www.charlestonstage.com.
‘The No Hole Holiday’
Sprouts Musical Theatre at Creative Spark Center for the Arts will put on “The No Hole Holiday,” an interactive, modern musical fairy-tale of fantasy and glee.
The holiday world is a strange and unusual place. And when Axel the Elf is promoted to Santa’s personal staff, he runs into industrious gnomes, mischievous Halloween goblins and a machine you must see to believe.
Showtimes are 6:30 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday, with shows continuing for the next two weekends.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door, and are available at www.creativespark.org or by calling 881-3780.
Creative Spark is at 757 Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant.