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'A Tuna Christmas' is Larkin's directorial debut

“A Tuna Christmas” will run Dec. 7-10 and Dec. 14-17. Evening curtain will be at 8 p.m. with matinees showing Sundays at 2:30 p.m. All tickets are $13 and may be purchased at the theater or at the Kent State University Performing Arts Center.

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"A Tuna Christmas" is Josh Larkin’s first venture in directing at the Little Theatre. In this sequel to "Greater Tuna," it is 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 Joe Bob Lipsey’s production of “A Christmas Carol” is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. 
 
Many "Tuna" characters, some of which the audience will recognize from "Greater Tuna" and some appearing in this production for the first time, will join in the holiday production.
 
Larkin said, “'A Tuna Christmas’ is a delight for all seasons, whether performed by two quick changing comedians as on Broadway or by 20 or more actors.”
 
Cast members will play a number of parts and include Ryan Best as Arles Struvie, Ike Thompson and Aunt Pearl Burras; Sean Schultz as Thurston Wheelis, Petey Fisk and Vera Carp; David Lee as Elmer Watkins, R.R. Snavely and Joe Bob Lipsey; Earl Wohlheter as Didi Snavely, Dixie Deberry and Leonard Childers; Brooke Young as Farley Burkhalter and Phoebe Burkhalter; Annie Tipton as Bertha Bumiller, Sheriff Givens and Helen Bedd; Avery Simon as Jody Bumiller and Garland Poteet; and Kettie Kneuss as Charlene Bumiller, Stanley Bumiller and Inita Goodwin.
 
Chelby Benson serves as assistant director and scenic, costume and properties designer. Tom Flood is producer, Ian Simon is sound designer and Sean Schultz is lighting designer.
 
“A Tuna Christmas” will run Dec. 7-10 and Dec. 14-17. Evening curtain will be at 8 p.m. with matinees showing Sundays at 2:30 p.m. All tickets are $13 and may be purchased at the theater or at the Kent State University Performing Arts Center.
 
The production is sponsored by Wendy’s of Tuscarawas County.
 

Published: November 30, 2017
New Article ID: 2017171129925