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'Christmas Belles' at Theatre Victoria offers feast of holiday fun for whole family

By BY ALICE ADAMS
Oct. 30, 2010 at 5:30 a.m.

Theatre Victoria's cast for the upcoming production of "Christmas Belles" shows it takes a village to make any holiday celebration a memorable, but chaotic event ... or a disaster.  Pictured are, standing from left, Keisha Ringland, Walter Womack, Christy Uresti, Mary K. Rabe, Pauline Rivera, James Reinhardt, Gayle Gainer, Johnny Vera and Ruth Stock; standing/kneeling, are Caitlin Clare and Ryan Tucker.

If you goWHEN: Nov. 12-20, 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. Sunday matinees

WHERE: Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St.

TICKETS: Advance tickets are available at Theatre Victoria's box office; buy online at www.theatrevictoria.org or reserve them by calling 361-570-8587.

The holiday countdown has begun.

There's the calendar to update, gatherings and parties, family and friends to invite. There's that longer-than-usual shopping list, travel agendas to coordinate and you're probably looking for activities to offer between the food and football. Forget about the calories. This is about entertaining guests.

That's why Charles Moster, Theatre Victoria's producing artistic director, is preparing one of this season's funniest and most Texas-centric plays to open on Nov. 12.

"If you ever suspected otherwise, this show is proof positive that everything's bigger in Texas, and especially at Christmas," said Moster. "From big hair to big laughs, 'Christmas Belles,' by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten involves big drama ... and that's not limited to the annual Christmas pageant at the Tabernacle of the Lamb Church."

In this sequel to two other comedies set in the fictional Fayro, Texas, we see the Futrelle sisters - Honey Raye, Frankie and Twink - are at it again, and nothing goes smoothly.

Oh, I forgot. You may notice some similarities between the Futrelles and your own family - or not, but that's the fun of this show and the genius of Jones/Hope/Wooten. Yep, the personalities and the situations are universal, not just with your family, or in Victoria or Texas, but anywhere it goes on stage.

If you're looking for a new holiday classic and plenty of laughs, head over to "Christmas Belles."

You won't believe what's happening in the little town of Fayro, but count on plenty of corn-pone charm, great one-liners, and it's all about as subtle as a cream pie in the face, but that's the fun of it. You don't have to think too much, nor do you have to expend too much emotional energy sympathizing. It's definitely a play where you can come, sit back, relax and be totally entertained.

Alice Adams is president of Alice Adams Communications in Houston and Austin. She serves as a consultant, co-author, author and editor for numerous projects. She lives in Austin. Contact her at Rtadams2@aol.com.

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