What's New at the Courtyard Theatre

What's New at the Courtyard Theatre

“A Tuna Christmas” will open in the Courtyard Theater on Friday, November 29th
Selinsgrove, PA - It's Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie are reporting on various Yuletide activities in Tuna, Texas, including hot competition in the annual lawn display contest. In other news, voracious Joe Bob Lipsey's production of "A Christmas Carol" is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. This is only one of the many problems faced by the duo in the newest presentation of The Courtyard Theater in the Susquehanna Valley Mall.
“A Tuna Christmas” is the 2nd of 4 comedies written by the team of Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard that were called “laugh riots” when they debuted on Broadway in the late 1980s. The plays, which began with “Greater Tuna”, are at once a satire and an affectionate comment on small town Southern life which is all but disappearing in America. The comedy is the second show of the new theater after their first play; “Sweeney Todd” was hailed as a success by audiences who saw the show.
Their newest play is a total delight for all seasons, performed by two quick changing comedic actors Bob Taylor and Isaac Conner. Taylor is also the theater’s artistic director and Conner recently portrayed Beadle Bamford in the Courtyard Theater’s opening success of Sweeney Todd.
“This is a huge departure from that role”, quips Conner “and a heck of a lot more fun”.
The pace of the comedy is hectic as the two men each portray 11 different characters, some of them of the opposite sex. Some of the actors from Sweeney Todd will serve as crew backstage, as dressers to speed up the costume changes.
“We are changing our seating for the next few plays”, said Art Lieberman, the theater’s manager and the play’s producer, “Bob (Taylor) and I have agreed to reduce the theater’s capacity and spread the seats out to provide better visibility and comfort for audiences. Because our seating is totally moveable, we can make accommodations for every event we hold at the facility”.
The two are still planning events for December around the holidays for shoppers at the mall, which they will announce as the plans become firm. They are even looking to turn the theater into a dance hall with an orchestra so that they can sell gift certificates for individual shows and season tickets at $99 for the 8 plays planned for next year.
Confirmed early presentations are “Same Time, Next Year”, which will debut on Friday February 7th 2014 and the hit musical “Rent” which will have its first showing a month later.
“A Tuna Christmas” will open in the Courtyard Theater on Friday, November 29th and there will be six performances over two weekends with Friday and Saturday night performances at 7:00 PM and Sunday matinees beginning at 2:00 PM. As with all the plays of the theater tickets are $15.00 and are available by calling the theater at 570-374-0060 during normal business hours or by going on the website at www.thecourtyardtheater.com. As the show dates approach, tickets will be available at the box office at the theater and, of course, during the days of each performance.

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