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A TUNA CHRISTMAS
by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard
In this hilarious sequel to Greater Tuna, it’s Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including hot competition in the annual lawn display contest. In other news, voracious Joe Bob Lipsey’s production of “A Christmas Carol” is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. Many colorful Tuna denizens, some you will recognize from Greater Tuna and some appearing here for the first time, join in the holiday fun.
Produced by Special Arrangement with Samuel French Inc.
Content Advisory : Show contains some “trailer park talk” and might not be suitable for children.
A Tuna Christmas will be performed at the Von Braun Center Playhouse on Nov 11, 12, 17, 18 & 19, 2016 @ 7:30 p.m. and Nov 13 & 19, 2016 @ 2 p.m. Tickets for A Tuna Christmas are $18 for adults and $16 for seniors (65+), students, and active duty military and can be purchased by calling the box office at 256-536-0807, ask about group rates and handicapped seating.
From our Director:
Not all southern comedies are created equal. Some indulge in stereotypes so much they become caricatures. They struggle to find the truth in the characters, and the audience is encouraged to laugh at the expense of truly identifying with the emotional center of the play itself. However, a well written southern comedy, can strike a chord that resonates with the audience, and, for those of us that were raised in the rural south, transport us back in time to communities where neighbors were more like family and the local AM radio disc jockey was the closest thing to a regional celebrity. “A Tuna Christmas” does just that.
This show transports the audience to the third smallest town in Texas: Tuna during the 1980s. There they meet 22 characters played by two actors and for 2 hours are treated to quick changes and long laughs. Each character is unique and very likely may remind you of someone you met in the past. It is Theatre Huntsville’s hope that you enjoy connecting with the citizens of Tuna as much as we enjoy bringing them to life for you.
DIRECTOR – Jay Hixon
Jay Hixon has been doing theatre since 1996. He started performing at one of the best kept theatrical secrets in the state, Northeast Alabama Community College. From there he went on to get his Bachelor’s degree in Theatre form the University of Montevallo. Since moving to Huntsville, he has been able to work with Lyrique Music Productions, Ovation Arts, Fantasy Children’s Theatre, Renaissance Theatre, and Theatre Huntsville. He has been an actor, a director, a producer, and a patron. Jay is thrilled to be directing “Tuna Christmas” for Theatre Huntsville. He wants to especially thank he wife Nora for her love and support. Check out Jay’s Youtube Channel “Now Playing HSV” for more information about his other projects.
Joel is a photographer and musician, operating in the Huntsville area. He began his acting career at age 14 as “Small One” in The Land of the Dragon, which won him a Wings Award for best performance by a youth male. Some of Joel’s favorite past performances include “Petruchio” in The Taming of the Shrew (RCS), “Cinderella’s Prince” in Into the Woods (IMP), “Ellard” in The Foreigner (IMP), and most recently “Kevin” in In the Heights (LMP). “No pare! Sigue, sigue!” Joel is so excited to be working again with his friends Jay and Christopher, and would like to thank the whole Theatre Huntsville family for all their hard work on this show. He would also like to thank his parents and siblings for their continued support of his pursuits.
Joel will perform the characters Thurston Wheelis, Elmer Watkins, Bertha Bumiller, Leonard Childers, R.R. Snavely, Pearl Burras, Sheriff Givens, Ike Thompson, Inita Goodwin, Phoebe Burkhalter and Joe Bob Lipsey.
Christopher Kelly Carter
Chris is an Aries that lives in Five Points with a pug and a Hungarian. He has been involved with community theatre for over twenty years. He was most recently seen on the Theatre Huntsville stage as William Gillette in The Game’s Afoot, Inspector Blore in And Then There Were None, Kevin in Superior Donuts, Arnold Wiggins in The Boys Next Door, and Harmony in Daddy’s Dyin’…Who’s Got The Will?
Chris will perform the characters Arles Struvie, Didi Snavely, Petey Fisk, Jody Bumiller, Stanley Bumiller, Charlene Bumiller, Vera Carp, Dixie Deberry, Helen Bedd, Farley Burkhalter and Garland Poteet.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – Gordon Williamson
Gordon’s first time on stage was at the tender age of 4. The bug bit hard. During high school he studied acting at the Alley Theatre in Houston, Tx and went on to study theater at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Tx. Gordon worked for several seasons with Flowertown Players in Summerville, SC. It was during their 2010-2011 season that Gordon starred in Greater Tuna playing the role of Thurston Wheelis and all the other characters that go with him. Since moving to Huntsville, Al Gordon has worked with Fantasy, Renaissance, HCCA, Evil Cheez Productions and of course Theatre Huntsville. Gordon is proud to have his Theatre Huntsville Assistant Directing debut with such a great cast and crew. Thanks to Jay, Christopher and Joel. And a special thank you to Michael for all of his support through this.
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR – Robby Brueggeman