Main Street Players presents “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)”

Every Christmas Story

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NORMA RICHARDSON :::
Special contributor to The GRIP

You need go no farther than downtown Griffin to ring in the holiday season with a joyful, side-splitting production of “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)” presented by Main Street Players.

The play centers on three actors who have grown weary of performing Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” over and over again each holiday. Their solution to this predicament? Incorporating every single Christmas story they can think of into a single evening of seasonal fun.

Along the way, they also find time to celebrate an abundance of Christmas traditions from around the world, acknowledging a variety of classic and modern holiday icons, and performing a host of Christmas carols.

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)” was written by John Alvarez, Michael Carleton and James Fitzgerald, a trio of writers and actors who named the three characters after themselves and starred in the original production of the play. The show made its debut in 2003 on the Cape May Stage in Cape May, New Jersey, and has since been performed at hundreds of theatres across the country.

The play is full of uproarious comic moments, but audience members may also find portions of it surprisingly touching.

“It’s a silly headlong rush through a lot of memories, and in the end, yeah there are some funny jokes, but I think its real value is reminding everyone of so much they’d forgotten about Christmases past,” Carleton said. “There was a review of an early production that phrased it something like, ‘It accomplishes the small miracle of making all Christmas myths and traditions seem ridiculous, and absolutely essential.’ I like that.”

Main Street previously staged “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)” in December 2013, and they’re pleased to bring this audience favorite back with an all-new cast. Main Street regulars Curtis Brown (The Lion in Winter), Walker Davis (Holmes and Watson), and Andrew Stewart (Fireflies) play the three leads, with Main Street’s artistic director Norma Richardson returning to helm the play. Nicholas Clark and Mary Gresham respectively fill the roles of stage manager and assistant stage manager, with a variety of Spalding High School Students serving as stagehands. The set was designed by Main Street’s regular scenic designer BJ Hughes.

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)” continues from Friday, Dec. 6, through Sunday, Dec. 15. Wednesday through Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m., while Sunday matinee performances are at 3 p.m. Tickets for Main Street’s Christmas shows tend to sell quickly, so make your reservations today by calling the box office at 770.229.9916 or by visiting mainstreetplayers.org. Remaining tickets will be available at the box office the evening of the performance. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. Don’t miss this fun-filled evening of holiday entertainment!

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