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Fill your holiday stockings with laughter as the citizens of Tuna, Texas, come to Dixon for Christmas. Join the Tuna characters as they attempt to cope with the traumas and dramas of the holidays.
“A Tuna Christmas” by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, is a comedy set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas. The plot centers on the town’s annual Christmas Yard Display Contest, won 14 times in a row by Vera Carp.
A mysterious “Christmas Phantom,” known for vandalizing the yard displays, has the contestants on edge. Among the subplots are Stanley Bumiller’s attempts to end his probation and leave Tuna; Bertha Bumiller’s attempt to hold her family together at Christmas time; and Joe Bob Lipsey’s struggle to mount successfully his production of “A Christmas Carol,” despite the town controller of the electric company threatening to turn the lights off.
The play is both a commentary and satire of small town, Texas life and attitudes. “A Tuna Christmas” is the second in a series of comedic plays set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas (preceded by “Greater Tuna” and followed by “Red, White and Tuna” and “Tuna Does Vegas.”
“A Tuna Christmas” features 22 eccentric characters of both genders and various ages. The production was originally written and played by Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, and directed by Ed Howard.
The Dixon Community Players have put a new twist on the show by casting nine actors in the 22 roles. To prove they are not gender biased, males become females as well as females switching to male roles in this production. They’ve brought some new actors onto the stage in this show to add more hilarity to “Tuna,” performing at the new theater space in Dixon, called the Toolshed.
The cast is as follows: Jeff Spicer as Thurston, Bertha and Inita; Ken Youens-Clark as Arles, Sheriff and Helen; Lynn E. Alden as Leonard, Charlene and Stanley; Brandon Santos as Aunt Pearl and Joe Bob; David Rigsby as Dixie, Ike, Garland and Farley; Amber Feavearyear as Jody, Phoebe and Petey Fisk; Holly Haas as Didi Snavely; Will De Maret as R.R. Snavely; and Kay Peters Johnson as Vera Carp (she also directed the show).
Lighting is by Simon Feavearyear; sound by Chuck Wright; and set design by Holly Haas.
The show opens Nov. 30 at The Toolshed, #68 Hwy. 75, in Dixon. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7 and 8; and at 2 p.m. Dec. 2. Purchase tickets online at dixonplayers.com or call 505-579-9102 for reservations or ticket information.
For more information on the “Tuna” series, visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_Tuna; en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red,_White_and_Tuna; or en.wikipedia.org/w/index/php?title=Tuna_Does_Vegas&action=edit&.