The Barn Theater is proud to present the Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged) starring Adam Silvey, Chris Shepard, and Mike Garcia as the three not so wise men.
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, December 6, 7, 13,14, 20 and 21 at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees are December 8 and 15, at 2 p.m.
Sunday matinee brunch will be Sunday, December 15, at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per person.
For the other performances, ticket prices are $15 Adults, $10 seniors and students, $5 kids under 11.
The Ultimate Christmas Show is a mix of slapstick comedy, a bit of historical information and a whole lot of hilarity. The premise is an Annual Holiday Variety Show and Christmas Pageant at St. Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church, where all faiths are welcome because they’ll believe anything, say the three men.
An irreverent yet heartwarming trip through the holidays is directed by Wendy Plaisted, and is a festive, funny, and physical comedy. Full of family fun as these Three (not so wise )Wise Guys send up and celebrate favorite holiday traditions together.
The actors don’t have set characters.They’re celebrating the fun days throughout the holidays, and the play touches on everything — nothing is safe or sacred, but in a good way. There are interesting historical facts thrown in through the hilarity. Said Shepard: “We get to bash on everyone and every holiday we can touch on, and it’s the balance between us actors, that makes it all work. We know a little bit of everything, but are masters of none.”
It’s the first time Silvey has been back to the Barn Theater in a decade and a half. Previously at the theater he was involved in musicals, comedies, variety shows, directing, and working backstage.
“The play is tongue-in-cheek humor. Take it all with a grain of salt, and we all have a ‘special place for Santa,” said Silvey.
Garcia is making his Barn Theater debut, and is thrilled about it. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
They have such freedom in the script, and they are getting involved with the comedy and what they’re doing on stage, and making humorous digs at everything., Garcia said.
“If you think you know everything about Christmas, this is the show you need to see. Don’t miss it. It’s fun for the whole family and all ages,” he said.
There are three actors on stage, but numerous people are helping backstage with props and costumes, the production, sound and lighting.
There are 36 costume changes, many props, and the play is directed by Plaisted, who said, “This is the most fun. Christmas is my favorite holiday. We got to see this show with the writer and the Reduced Shakespeare Company in La Mirada, Ca, and I fell in love with the show and the audience participation. Also the gift exchange during intermission. It’s our way of sharing Christmas with our audience.”
For ticket and brunch reservations call (559) 310-7046 or visit http://www.portervilebarntheater.com/