The Racine Lutheran High School Theater Department presents “Christmas Belles” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten at 7 p.m. on Oct. 25 and 26 and Nov. 8 and 9, at the school, 251 Luedtke Avenue.
A church Christmas program
spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling
sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis
It’s Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the Futrelle Sisters – Frankie, Twink, and Honey Raye – are not exactly in a festive mood. A cranky Frankie is weeks overdue with her second set of twins. Twink, recently jilted and bitter about it, is in jail for inadvertently burning down half the town. And hot-flash-suffering Honey Raye is desperately trying to keep the Tabernacle of the Lamb’s Christmas program from spiraling into chaos. But things are not looking too promising: Miss Geneva, the ousted director of the previous 27 productions, is ruthless in her attempts to take over the show. The celebrity guest Santa Claus – played by Frankie’s long-suffering husband, Dub – is passing a kidney stone. One of the shepherds refuses to watch over his flock by night without pulling his little red wagon behind him. And the entire cast is dropping like flies due to food poisoning from the Band Boosters’ Pancake Supper. When Frankie lets slip a family secret that has been carefully guarded for decades, all hope for a successful Christmas program seems lost, even with an Elvis impersonator at the manger. But in true Futrelle fashion, the feuding sisters find a way to pull together in order to present a Christmas program the citizens of Fayro will never forget. Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!