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TAM stages “Every Christmas Story Ever Told”

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The play opens its two-weekend run with a special Thanksgiving Day performance at 7:30 p.m.

The Theater at Monmouth will usher in the holiday season with a two-weekend run of the hilarious holiday extravaganza “Every Christmas Story Ever Told… (and then some!),” starting with a special Thanksgiving Day performance at 7:30 p.m. All tickets for this performance will be just $10, and non-perishable food items will be collected for donation to the Monmouth Food Pantry.

The play begins as yet another version of “A Christmas Carol,” but quickly “takes a wrong turn in Albuquerque” when its three intrepid actors, dismayed at the prospect of performing Dickens’ holiday classic for the umpteenth time, decide instead to perform “every Christmas story ever told.” The result is a fast, furious, and slightly irreverent romp through the holiday classics, incorporating a sprinkling of Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to the present, and almost every Christmas carol ever sung, that will leave audiences laughing until the New Year.

Best suited for holiday revelers ages 13 and up, the production features actors James Noel Hoban, Ian Kramer, and Grace Bauer and is directed by Dawn McAndrews. The set and lights are designed by Jim Alexander, with costumes by Elizabeth Rocha and sound by Elizabeth Nelson.

Tickets for the post-Thanksgiving performances are $25. Shows will take place on 11/25, 11/26, 11/27, 12/1, 12/2, and 12/3 at 7:30 p.m.; and 11/26, 11/27, 12/3, and 12/4 at 1 p.m. For more information or to buy tickets, call 933-9999 or see www.theateratmonmouth.org.

Founded in 1970 and named the Shakespearean Theater of Maine by the State Legislature in 1975, the Theater at Monmouth’s mission is to present innovative approaches to Shakespeare and other classic plays through professional productions that enrich the lives of people throughout Maine. TAM produces engaging, expertly crafted productions in its three-month Summer Repertory Season and provides Education Tours that reach more than 15,000 students statewide each year.

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