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Comedic holiday play, "A Tuna Christmas," comes to Holly

POSTED: December 8, 2011 1:27 a.m.

The Holly Theater in Dahlonega presents "A Tuna Christmas," continuing this weekend with shows scheduled until Dec. 18.

A "Tuna Christmas" is the second in a series of comedic plays, each set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, the third-smallest town in the state "where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies."

It’s one day before Christmas and the eccentric townsfolk are trying to cope with seasonal traumas, such as a disaster-prone production of "A Christmas Carol," and a yard-decorating contest, won 14 times in a row by Vera Carp, being sabotaged by a mysterious Christmas phantom.

The "Tuna" series was written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, and has been running since the first play, "Greater Tuna," debuted in Austin, Texas in 1981.

The play’s 24 characters were originally portrayed by only Williams and Sears with split-second wardrobe changes, and Howard behind the scenes directing.

"A Tuna Christmas" is preceded by "Greater Tuna" and followed by "Red, White and Tuna," and "Tuna Does Vegas."

"A Tuna Christmas" opened at The Holly Theater on Dec. 2. Performances will run this weekend and the next, with shows scheduled for 8 p.m. Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17, and 2 p.m. shows scheduled for Dec. 11 and 18.

Tickets for the performances are $15, and can be purchased by calling The Holly Theater Box Office at 706-864-3759, or online at www.hollytheater.com.



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