Get your tickets now for the December 20th, 7:30 pm evening show or the December 21st, 2:00 pm afternoon show!
- The Bickersons – A 1947 retelling of O’Henry’s Gift of the magi as told by the loving but bickering couple that far predated the Honeymooners and married with children. Blanche Bickerson – Janet Torcello John Bickerson – Barry Denham.
- The Christmas Truce – A true Christmas story about an amazing spontaneous truce that happened between English and German soldiers in 1914 as told by 4 soldiers writing home to their loved ones on Christmas day. Eayn Flanagan Chris Patti Zack Johnson Nathan Abbey.
- Blondie – A different Christmas Carol. Blondie has been a comic strip since 1930, but from 1939 to 1950 the Bumstead’s were also on the radio! This retelling of the Dickens Christmas Carol comes from one of Dagwood’s dreamy naps and is filled with laughs. Blondie – Shirene Thomas Dagwood – Harry Lewis Baby – Holly C. Sherwood Dithers – Lewis Unterman Fuddles – Dave Sotrines.
This Christmas Special is being presented commercial-free, so between shows, we will be treated to lovely singing of classic Christmas carols by the cast of the upcoming winter musical – The Honky Tonk Angels. The singers are -Sharon Vetter Sandy Vetter Mosley Ashlyn Victoria Gibbs
And last but not least our host with the most who will be taking on this magical Christmas ride will be the one and only Rex Young – Robert Darling
- Cast Size 4m, 3f
- Subgenre Farce
Jeremy and Celia return a week early from their unsuccessful honeymoon to find that both Jeremy’s partners have accepted his offer to stay in his house while he is away. The only problem is that they have each brought the other’s wife with them. Jeremy discovers one illicit couple, Celia the other. Both issue invitations to them for dinner. Complications pile up thick and fast as, realizing their dilemma and desperate to make a good impression on Jeremy’s colleagues, the couple stages two dinner parties simultaneously, one on the patio and one in the dining room. As if there aren’t problems enough, Sid the plumber, up to his eyeballs in water in the cellar, has to call in the Water Board Emergency Service just when all seems resolved and Jeremy and Celia are attempting to salvage their lost honeymoon.
The perfect follow up to “Always…”. Country classics combine with a hilarious story about three good ole gals who follow their dreams to Nashville. Songs include Stand By Your Man, Coal Miner’s Daughter, 9 to 5, I Will Always Love You, and Harper Valley PTA. Sold out runs at the Barter Theater, Abingdon, VA and the Flatrock Playhouse, Flatrock, NC and many other theaters throughout the country.
The creator of “Always…Patsy Cline” combines over 30 classic country tunes with a hilarious story about three gutsy gals who are determined to better their lives and follow their dreams to Nashville. The all-hit song list includes I’ll Fly Away, Stand by Your Man, 9 to 5, Coal Miner’s Daughter, Ode to Billy Jo, These Boots Are Made for Walking, Rocky Top, and I Will Always Love You. This charming, foot-stompin’ musical has played to sold-out audiences across the country. – Broadwayworld.com
Touched by ‘Angels’ | “ATC Productions of “Honky Tonk Angels” make audiences laugh until they cry!” – TULSA World
“You’ll have to step on your toes to keep them from tappin’.” -Asheville Times
A comedic mystery with shades of Sherlock Holmes opens Friday, Nov. 1, for a three-weekend run at the Art Center Theatre in Citrus Hills.
“The Game’s Afoot” is set in the 1930s and takes place in the Connecticut home of William Gillette, an actor and writer who played Sherlock Holmes on stage for over 25 years.
Gillette has invited friends and a famous theater critic to his home for a Christmas celebration only two weeks after there was an attempt on his life in the theater.
He hopes to use this holiday party to uncover the would-be killer, but as the evening continues, it becomes increasingly clear there is a killer on the loose, and increasingly unclear who it is.
Add in witty comic lines and a cast of interesting characters, and the play serves up a delightful dish of comedy and mystery before it all comes together in an unexpected conclusion.
Directed by Mac and Sharon Harris, the play features Rich Mesker as William Gillette, Marvia Korol as his mother Martha Gillette, Jacki Scott as Madge Geisel, Paul Bolognese as Felix Geisel, Kay Gear as Aggie Wheeler, Kyle Flanagan as Simon Bright, Sarah Schuyler as Daria Chase and Kristi Fuller as Inspector Goring.
Eayn Flanagan is the stage manager and Gloria Jardinella is assistant stage manager. The set was designed by Sharon Harris and built by a set crew under the direction of set construction coordinator Gary Boesch. The set construction crew was John Cocco, Doug Haynes, Ashley Gibson, Eayn Flanagan, Harry Lewis and John Koch.
Edwin Martin painted the set and Nancy Hoffman was the costumer. Technical design of the play is by Eayn Flanagan. Sharon Harris and Dianna Haynes did the artistic design and specialty painting.
Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. There is an additional performance at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. Tickets are $21 and are available at the box office on the Art Center campus at 2644 N. Annapolis Ave. or by calling 352-746-7606.
It is December 1936, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. It is then up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.