Two Pence Productions and Elizabethton’s Bonnie Kate Theater are bringing the hilarious Christmas comedy “A Tuna Christmas” back to the Tri-Cities.
Written by Justin Williams, Joel Sears and Ed Howard, “A Tuna Christmas” is the second in a series of two-man shows set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas.
In this installment, the annual Christmas Yard Display Contest in Tuna has been thrown a curve by a mysterious vandal who sabotages the displays. Meanwhile, the townsfolk try to manage their own crazy holiday turmoil, including family woes, probation problems and an ill-fated production of “A Christmas Carol.”
Veteran Johnson City actor Tod C. Riddle will reprise his role as Arles Struvey for this production. Riddle has been a regular on the local theater scene for more than 23 years, beginning his career at the Old West Dinner Theater. He was instrumental in the construction of the Highlander Dinner Theater, which later became the Blue Moon Dinner Theater.
Riddle is now the owner of Two Pence Productions, which has successfully produced shows across the Tri-Cities, including “The Rocky Horror Show” and “Sordid Lives.”
“The Tuna shows are unique because only two actors play over 20 different characters with lightning-fast costume changes,” said co-star Adrian Thomas. “It is a real challenge as an actor to completely change your persona in a matter of seconds. I am grateful that I am getting to do this show with Tod Riddle. He has guided me through this process every step of the way.”
Dinner is included with the ticket price and will consist of a four-course meal provided by the Bonnie Kate cafe. After the meal, the audience is escorted into the theater which has been transformed into a beautiful space for live productions.
Show dates are Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21-Dec. 22, at 6 p.m. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. with the show starting at 7 p.m. There will also be a matinee performance on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 2:30 p.m. Lunch is served at 2:30 p.m. with the show starting at 3:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $40 for the evening shows and $30 for the Sunday matinee. Show-only price is $20 for all three productions.
For information or reservations, call the Bonnie Kate at 543-1933.