Live Bait Christ­mas din­ner theatre re­turns

The Amherst News - - COMMUNITY -

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 live­baitthe­

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 char­lier­hin­dress@hot­ or phone 506-536-2248.

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