Mars Theatre in Lafayette bring­ing Christ­mas to life with Ir­ish tra­di­tion, mu­sic and dance

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Award-win­ning theatre com­pany Back Al­ley Pro­duc­tions in­vites you to at­tend our pro­duc­tion of “An Ir­ish Courage Christ­mas,” which will per­form on Fri­days and Satur­days at 7:30 p.m. and Sun­days at 2:30 p.m. from Dec. 7 to Dec. 22 at the Mars Theatre in Lafayette.

This ex­cit­ing and fes­tive Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion pulls heav­ily from tra­di­tional Ir­ish cul­ture - in­clud­ing lively song and dance, with clas­sic car­ols and his­toric tav­ern songs.

The Mars Theatre is lo­cated at 117 N. Chat­tanooga St., Lafayette, Ge­or­gia. Tick­ets can be pur­chased online at www.bap­shows.com or at the box of­fice 30 min­utes be­fore show­time. The mu­sic ranges from Christ­mas tra­di­tions that ev­ery­one will know to some Ir­ish lim­er­icks that will bring the theatre to life in a way only Ire­land can do. Fans of blue­grass will par­tic­u­larly en­joy some of the Ir­ish tunes (fun fact: blue­grass draws its roots from Ire­land).

Based on tra­di­tional source ma­te­rial in­clud­ing John Millington Synge’s “The Play­boy of the Western World” and the song “Fin­negans Wake,” join us in the sleepy Ir­ish county of Mayo for a Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion un­like any other. For fans of the first “Ir­ish Courage” from 2017, you’ll see the same char­ac­ters and fun. Don’t worry if you haven’t seen the orig­i­nal, we’ll make sure you have a fes­tive and mem­o­rable time!

“Christ­mas is a time of tra­di­tion and com­ing to­gether with your fam­ily, shar­ing mem­o­ries, laugh­ing, eat­ing and lov­ing,” di­rec­tor Kaylee Smith said. “The Ir­ish cul­ture at this time was very fam­ily-fo­cused and all about the com­mu­nity and sto­ry­telling. So Christ­mas­time was a time for friend­ship, com­mu­nity, love, loss, mir­a­cles and more. And there’s plenty of mu­sic that will make you want to clap your hands and stomp your feet - you might even get up and join a dance or two!”

This is one big live Ir­ish cel­e­bra­tion for Christ­mas and per­fect for fam­i­lies look­ing for lo­cal events to ring in the hol­i­day spirit. The Mars Theatre will also be dec­o­rated for Christ­mas.

“The pro­duc­tion will be filled with en­ter­tain­ment, somber­ness, hi­lar­ity, and the singing of car­ols and old tav­ern songs like ‘Christ­mas in Killarney,’” said Smith.

The set is a rus­tic 20th­cen­tury Ir­ish tav­ern, and the story of­fers a re­ally nice blend of se­ri­ous the­atri­cal drama and hi­lar­i­ous sit­u­a­tional and re­ac­tionary com­edy.

“There’s a lot of peaks and val­leys for these lov­able char­ac­ters, all within a beau­ti­ful, po­etic frame­work of the old Ir­ish lan­guage. It’s ro­man­tic, it’s tragic, and it’s a look at real Ir­ish cul­ture that breaks away from the com­mer­cial­ism of the holi- days,” Smith adds.

Tick­ets can pur­chase them online at www.bap­shows. com or at the box of­fice day of show. For ques­tions, call 706-621-2870.

James Lanier as Philly Cullen.

Madi­son Smith as Pegeen Mike.

Michael Tate as Michael James Fla­herty.

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