Christmas comes to the stage

by Wynce Nolley

Several holiday themed plays are opening this weekend across Acadiana to offer a chance to usher in the holiday spirit at the theatre.

This weekend marks the start of several holiday themed plays showing across Acadiana offering families and anyone else eager to celebrate the season a chance to ring in their holiday spirit at the theatre.

Scrooge the Musical

Opening tonight at UL's Burke Theatre is Scrooge the Musical, a musical interpretation of the immortal holiday classic from the Firelight Performing Arts Academy. This holiday theatrical tradition is directed by Laura Blum and features the classic tale of Ebineezer's Christmas redemption set to music. Scrooge the Musical will be shown Dec. 6-8 at 7 p.m. with a matinee performance on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 962-0306.

The Singing Christmas Tree

First Baptist of Lafayette's annual Broadway-style Christmas show The Singing Christmas Tree returns with its choir singing from a 24 foot tall Christmas tree with its countless lights synchronized to the music. Performances are Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m.; and Monday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children and students and can be purchased at the church office located at 1100 Lee Avenue or by calling 593-3757. For more details visit fbclaf.org.

A Christmas Story

Further out, Iberia Performing Arts League will debut its homage to the holiday cult classic A Christmas Story, which tells the story of little Ralphie Parker and how he spends his 1940s Christmas determined to receive a Red Ryder BB Gun as one of his gifts. A Christmas Story opens this weekend at the Essanee Theatre located at 126 Iberia Street in New Iberia showing Dec. 6-8 and 13-15 at 7:30 p.m., with matinee showings on Dec. 9 and 16 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling the theater at 364-6114. For more details visit iberiaperformingartsleague.com.

Cité des Arts is also showing a couple of non-holiday plays this weekend in addition to its Hub City Theatre Festival, which runs Dec. 6-7.

Through Thick or Thin

Opening this weekend at Cité des Arts is Through Thick or Thin, a play written locally by Trina Tapo about two siblings and their mother's domineering criticism of their love lives. The play explores the relationships between siblings and parents in contrast with the relationships between friends and lovers and how communication, or lack thereof, can play a critical role. Through Thick or Thin runs Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 14-15 at 7:30 p.m. with matinees showings on Dec. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. at Cité des Arts. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door, online at citedesarts.org or by calling 291-1122.

The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds

The youth theatre troupe The Tea-Sippers present this play by Paul Zindel, which follows a young girl named Tillie who enters a science fair in an attempt to prove her worth to her abusive mother. Showtimes for The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds are Dec. 7-8 at 7:30 p.m. at Cité des Arts. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or by visiting citedesarts.org.