Christmas Belles (Comedy)
A Play by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten
Directed by Reuben Albaugh
Available to Stream
November 27, 28, 29,
December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 2020
Produced through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, things will look a little different this holiday season at Arena Dinner Theatre. We are still offering the exceptional entertainment you’ve come to expect from us, but this Christmas we are doing it on-line. Arena is offering an exceptionally talented cast of some of your favorite performers in a recorded version of the Jones, Hope, and Wooten comedy, Christmas Belles. A Fort Wayne premiere of this work by the authors of The Dixie Swim Club, Always a Bridesmaid, and Funny Little Thing Called Love (all sell-out performances at Arena!) is a not to be missed occasion.
A church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator.
It’s Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the Futrelle Sisters—Frankie, Twink and Honey Raye—are not exactly in a festive mood. A cranky Frankie is weeks overdue with her second set of twins. Twink, recently jilted and bitter about it, is in jail for inadvertently burning down half the town. And hot-flash-suffering Honey Raye is desperately trying to keep the Tabernacle of the Lamb’s Christmas Program from spiraling into chaos. But things are not looking too promising: Miss Geneva, the ousted director of the previous twenty-seven productions, is ruthless in her attempts to take over the show. The celebrity guest Santa Claus—played by Frankie’s long-suffering husband, Dub—is passing a kidney stone. One of the shepherds refuses to watch over his flock by night without pulling his little red wagon behind him. And the entire cast is dropping like flies due to food poisoning from the Band Boosters’ Pancake Supper. And when Frankie lets slip a family secret that has been carefully guarded for decades, all hope for a successful Christmas program seems lost, even with an Elvis impersonator at the manger. But in true Futrelle fashion, the feuding sisters find a way to pull together in order to present a Christmas program the citizens of Fayro will never forget. Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!
Please call the Artstix Box Office at (260) 422-4226 to make your reservations. For $20.00 you will receive a code good for streaming our video on demand of Christmas Belles for 48 hours. Thank you very much for your support and we hope to see you in person again very soon. Happy Holidays from all of us at Arena Dinner Theatre!
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