Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY


December 3, 2009

KRT to present ‘Christmas Belles’

HORSE CAVE — Kentucky Repertory Theatre is bringing back by popular demand the holiday farce “Christmas Belles.”

“Christmas Belles,” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, centers around a church Christmas pageant spinning wildly out of control as three squabbling sisters, Frankie, Twink and Honey Raye Futrelle, try to rein in the mayhem. Amidst an ailing Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator, a family secret emerges that just might derail the entire production.

“People loved it last year and it did really well,” said Robert Brock, artistic director.

While the play is actually a farce, there is one scene that Brock says is very touching.

“Last year it just riveted everybody,” he said.

That particular scene is when Raynard, a mentally challenged young man, reads “The Christmas Story.”

Brock says the play is sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit.

KRT is presenting the play this week as a “Pay What You Can” preview. The first preview was presented Wednesday and continues tonight at 7:30 p.m. and will be offered again on Dec. 6 at 2:30 p.m. The minimum fee for “Pay What You Can” shows are $5, Brock said.

The mainstage presentation of “Christmas Belles” will open Dec. 10.

The play will be presented in conjunction with the theater’s holiday cabarets.

“We have four cabarets scheduled — Dec. 11-12 and Dec. 18-19. Those start at 5:30 p.m. The ticket price includes dinners and entertainment and it also includes the ticket to ‘Christmas Belles’ that night,’” Brock said. “It’s a great deal. People love those cabarets. A lot of offices have used it for their office party. It is a wonderful celebration and a great way to get into the spirit.”

Tickets to the “Pay What You Can” performances are expected to sell quickly, as well as tickets to the cabarets. Brock urges patrons not to wait to purchase tickets.

Tickets for the play and the cabaret are $50 for individuals and couple tickets are $90.

For additional information, call the theater’s box office at (270) 786-2177 or (800) 342-2177.

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