Chattanooga Theatre Centre Kicks Off Season With Night Of Holiday Comedies By David Sedaris

Monday, November 12, 2012
Judy LaMance and Joshua Harrell bring David Sedaris' tart and hilarious holiday monologues to the stage of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre Nov. 23-Dec. 8.
Judy LaMance and Joshua Harrell bring David Sedaris' tart and hilarious holiday monologues to the stage of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre Nov. 23-Dec. 8.
- photo by Cansler Photography

The Santaland Diaries and Season’s Greetings, two holiday pieces by humorist David Sedaris, kick off the holiday season the day after Thanksgiving on the CircleStage at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.

Review for the Santaland Diaries:

The Santaland Diaries is David Sedaris’ hilarious and probably true account of his stint working as a Christmas elf at Macy's department store during the holiday crunch. At first the job is simply humiliating, but the thousands of visitors pouring through Santa’s workshop make him battle weary and bitter. Taking consolation in the fact that some of the other elves were television extras on One Life to Live, he grins and bears it. At long last, the revolving door of Santas finally delivers one who actually seems to care about and love the children who come to see him, startling our hero into an uncharacteristic moment of goodwill just before his employment runs out.  

Review for Season's Greetings:

Santaland is paired with Season’s Greetings, another funny, touching – and twisted – monologue from David Sedaris about the horror of seasonal newsletters from a housewife desperately trying to hang on to her holiday traditions when everything around her is in shambles. 

Judy LaMance brings Season’s Greetings as Jocelyn Dunbar; Joshua Harrell is Crumpet the Elf in The Santaland Diaries; and Bro. Ron Fender, director, delivers this laugh-out-loud, darkly humorous holiday package of tales that are tart and pleasant alternatives to all the holiday cheer. It was adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello. This production is suitable for older teens to adults.

Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Nov. 23–Dec. 8. Opening night reception Nov. 23 begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, is Girls’ Night Out sponsored by Brewer Media starting at 7 p.m., with complimentary snacks and adult beverages. Then stay for Talk Back after that evening’s performance to chat with the director and cast. Saturday, Dec. 8, visit the MainStage patio before the show to enjoy the 7 p.m. Boat Parade of Lights on the Tennessee River.

Performance schedule with special events:
Friday, Nov. 23, 8 p.m. Opening night reception starts at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov 24., 8 p.m.
Friday, Nov 30., 8 p.m. Girls’ Night Out with Brewer Media at 7 p.m.; Talk Back with director and cast after the performance
Saturday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8, p.m. Come early and watch the Boat Parade of Lights on the Tennessee River at 7 p.m.

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is at 400 River St. on the NorthShore. Parking is available for $2 in the lot next to the Theatre Centre. Tickets are available by calling 267-8534 or they may be purchased online at tickets.theatrecentre.com.



Lee Wind Ensemble To Present Concert Dec. 2

The Lee University Wind Ensemble will conclude the fall semester with a concert on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Conn Center. The concert will feature the 55-member instrumental ensemble under the baton of conductor David Holsinger, professor of music at Lee, and associate conductor Winona Holsinger, director of instrumental projects. Timothy Linley and Seok Joon Keun, ... (click for more)

Free Concert Sponsored By The Chattanooga Songwriters Association

The Chattanooga Songwriters Association is sponsoring a free concert featuring Jamion Williams, Katrina Barclay, Kyle MacKillop, and hosted by Anthony Quails. The concert will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 9 from  6:30- 9:30 p.m. at Heritage House Arts and Civic Center, 1428 Jenkins Road.  Meet the songwriters at 6:30 p.m.  Concert begins at 7 p.m. "Come ... (click for more)

Alecia Driggins Faces Multiple Charges After Robbery And Hit-And-Run In East Ridge

East Ridge Police arrived on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at the East Ridge Flea Market at 6725 Ringgold Road in response to a reported pedestrian struck and hit and run incident. Once on the scene, police determined that the incident was actually a robbery. The victim advised police that a white woman claiming to be a police officer grabbed her purse and attempted to flee ... (click for more)

Police Blotter: Undercover Officer Nabs 2 Women Who Respond To Escort Service Ad; Swindle Involves One-Sided Copy Of $50 Bill

An undercover officer said two women reported to a motel on Shallowford Road after he responded to an escort service ad on Backpage. He said the women matched their photos in the ad. They agreed to "full service sex" for $260. The women, Holly Carney and Sabrina James, said they live at the Hamilton Inn. A search of their room there turned up meth, syringes, scales and ... (click for more)

Lawlessness At Heritage Park

As a frequent visitor at Heritage Park in East Brainerd, I must say that the situation is becoming slightly out of control.  To start, parking is atrocious.  The unpaved lot contains nothing but loose gravel which has naturally given way to divots in the ground assuring you a few bumps.  Why isn't this area smoothed out?  It's not worth parking there anyways ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why I Am Thankful 2014

Over 40 years ago I was a young sports writer when I came up with the notion of setting daily things aside, just for one day, and writing about why “I Am Thankful.” Every Thanksgiving I come up with my list and it is as much about me as it is about my gratitude for all things great and small. I can’t imagine approaching this day in any other way. Here we go … I AM THANKFUL for ... (click for more)