The Calhoun Little Theatre will present the comedy Christmas Belles Nov. 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 12 at 3 p.m.
Review for Christmas Belles:
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 must be Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Tx., 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 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. 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.
The Calhoun Little Theatre presents the comedy written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten. The play is one of three featuring the Futrelle sisters. The other two plays, Dearly Beloved and Southern Hospitality were staged previously by Calhoun Little Theatre to sold out audiences.
Familiar faces from those productions and other productions around North Georgia as well as new faces to the Calhoun stage delighting audiences in Christmas Belles are: Coleen Brooks, Colt Chambers, Jim Curry, Marie Kindred, Ginger McClure, Mary Ortwein, Taylor Proctor, Caryn Sims, Calvin Smith, Leanna Wade and Bruce Watson.
The production is directed by Wendell Barnes, co-directed by Sandy Davis and produced by Clare Lewis by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services.
The production is made possible by 2017-18 Season Sponsor Cathy Camp Bomar. Tickets are available online (http://www.harrisartscenter.com/events) or by calling (706) 629-2599 and are priced from $10-$15.