Live Bait Christmas dinner theatre returns
Live Bait Theatre presented its first Christmas dinner theatre, The Krazy Family Christmas Reunion, by Charlie Rhindress and Karen Valanne, in 1994. This type of wacky, musical dinner theatre became an annual tradition for close to 20 years, but the company has not produced an interactive holiday show for the past couple of years.
Now Live Bait is bringing back the tradition, partnering with Charlie Rhindress to present a Christmas dinner theatre. Rhindress is directing a new production of A Rockin’ Little Christmas, which he co-wrote with Valanne and premiered at the company in 1996. The show, which will be updated for this new production, features classic rock ‘n’ roll from the 1950s and ’60s and will run at the Sackville Legion, Dec. 6-9 and Dec. 13-16. The Anne Murray Centre will also present the show for two nights, Nov. 29 and 30, at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Centre in Springhill, N.S.
“Karen and I wrote about 30 dinner theatres for Live Bait over a 20 year period,” Rhindress said. “This was one of our earliest so it’s nice to have a chance to go back and rewrite this early script, incorporating a lot of what we learned over the years.”
In the show, everyone in town has gathered at the River Road High cafeteria on Christmas Eve because there have been a number of UFO sightings over the past few days. People are scared the town is going to be attacked so they gather at the school, which has a bomb shelter. In typical dinner theatre style the show features wild characters, big plot twists and lots of laughs.
Tickets for the Sackville performance of “A Rockin’ Little Christmas” are available by calling Live Bait at 506-536- 2248 or by visiting livebaittheatre.com.
Tickets are also available in Amherst at Buds to Blossoms, 115 E. Victoria St. in Amherst or at the Sackville Commons, 64 Main St., Sackville (3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Thursday only). Tickets for the Springhill performance are available by calling 902-597-8614.
For more information, contact Rhindress at email@example.com or phone 506-536-2248.