Playmakers' 2016-17 Season
By Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard
Directe by Anysia Genre
December 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 & 18, 2016
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Tickets are $15 general admission.
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Showtimes: Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sunday matinee at 2 pm
About the show and the cast:
In this hilarious sequel to Greater Tuna, it's Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, 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. Many colorful Tuna denizens, some you will recognize from Greater Tuna and some appearing here for the first time, join in the holiday fun. A Tuna Christmas is a total delight for all seasons performed by two quick changing comedians, Cary Martin and Kathryn Merris Scott.
Cary's back for a second stint at Playmakers this season, having played the role of "Martini" in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, the theater's lauded season opener this September. Earlier this year, Cary portrayed "A.J." in Finding the Absent Crescent, a comedy by local playwright Gina Pauratore.
Kathryn Merris Scott returns to Playmakers after winning an Alvin Award last season for And Then There Were None (Vera). Some of her past Playmakers credits include Lend Me a Tenor (Maggie); Bell, Book, and Candle (Gillian); Moon over Buffalo (Rosalind); and Shakespeare’s Star Wars (Luke Skywalker). Recent South Shore roles include Cordelia and The Fool in King Lear, Sarah Bernhardt in The Ladies of the Camellias, Betty Chumley in Harvey, and Claire in Neil Simon’s Rumors.
Performed by Kathryn Merris Scott:
- Arles Struvie - A disc jockey at radio station OKKK.
- Didi Snavely - Owner of Didi's Used Weapons ("If we can't kill it, it's immortal")
- Petey Fisk - Employee of the Greater Tuna Humane Society
- Jody Bumiller - Youngest child of Bertha Bumiller
- Stanley Bumiller - Aspiring taxidermist, fresh from reform school; twin to Charlene
- Charlene Bumiller - Daughter of Bertha Bumiller and sister to Stanley and Jody; infatuated with Joe Bob Lipsey.
- Vera Carp - Town snob and acting leader of the Smut-Snatchers of the New Order ("until the Rev. Spikes gets out of prison")
- Dixie Deberry - Controller of the Tuna Electric Company
- Helen Bedd - A waitress at the Tasty-Creme
- Farley Burkhalter - A "little person" and a patron of the Tasty-Creme
- Garland Poteet- A soda distributor and one of Inita's many boyfriends
Performed by Cary Martin:
- Thurston Wheelis - A disc jockey at radio station OKKK
- Elmer Watkins - The victim of a tragic flameshooter incident, Elmer was left with no eyebrows.
- Bertha Bumiller - Housewife and mother to Jody, Stanley, and Charlene; member of the Smut Snatchers of the New Order ("Censorship is as American as apple pie, so shut up!")
- Leonard Childers - Entrepreneur and radio personality on OKKK
- R.R. Snavely - UFOlogist and husband to Didi
- Pearl Burras - Aunt to Bertha, former riveter in Houston during World War II (the Japanese "never sank one of [her] ships!")
- Sheriff Givens - Called "Rubber Sheets" due to his having wet the bed at church camp
- Ike Thompson- a slow-witted highway worker
- Inita Goodwin - A waitress at the Tasty-Creme
- Phoebe Burkhalter- Presumably Farley's significant other, Phoebe is voiced by Sears but onstage is a wig behind a window manipulated by a stagehand
- Joe Bob Lipsey - the "not-the-marrying-kind" director of the Tuna Little Theater's "troubled production" of A Christmas Carol