Squabbling sisters, surly Santa, Elvis bring holiday hilarity



Squabbling sisters, surly Santa, Elvis bring holiday hilarity

Local theatre company Coastal Stage Productions returns to area venues for the holiday season with the hilarious comedy "Christmas Belles," from the creators of "The Dixie Swim Club."

It's Christmastime in the small town of Fayro and the Futrelle Sisters - Frankie, Twink and Honey Raye - are 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 27 productions, is ruthless in her attempts to take over the show. The celebrity guest Santa Claus is passing a kidney stone.

And the entire cast is dropping like flies due to food poisoning from the Band Boosters' Pancake Supper. All hope for a successful program seems lost, even with an Elvis impersonator at the manger.

But the feuding sisters find a way to pull together in order to present a Christmas program never to be forgotten.

This family friendly journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and real joy to your world!

This colorful cast of players is a wonderful combination of very talented Beaufort County actors including Daniel Bittick, Donna Capps, J.T. Chin, Rebecca Donaldson, Robyn Erickson, Dave Falls, Christine Grefe, Lyndsay Malphrus, Carol Miller, Kay Owen and Rodney Vaughn.

Luke Cleveland and Mark Erickson are co-directing the production. Cleveland is co-owner with Vaughn of Coastal Stage Productions, and this is Erickson's third project with the company. Both are talented director-actors on the Lowcountry theatre scene and have completed many successful productions.

"Christmas Belles" opens at 8 p.m. Nov 19, with another show at 2 p.m. Nov. 20, at The Shed, 809 Paris Ave., Port Royal.

The show will also be performed at 8 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3, and 2 p.m. Dec. 4, at Main Street Theatre, 3000 Main St., Hilton Head Island.

General admission tickets are $15 for students age 18 and under, $18 for adults in advance or $20 at the door. Online tickets for all events may be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com. For local box-office, group pricing or more information, call 912-656-1598 .

Coastal Stage Productions is a travelling theatre company based in Ridgeland.