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WHAT: Home (Again) for the Holidays
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 & Dec. 7 & 8; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2
WHERE: Bellevue Society for the Arts, 205 Maple Street, Bellevue
COST: $10.00 adults; $8.00 seniors 60 and over; $6.00 students
INFO: 419-484-ARTS (2787)
“Home (Again) for the Holidays” is an original production written and directed by BSA veteran performer Jimy Foreman. “We built a house on stage and are having friends over for a good time Christmas party,” said Foreman. Those friends will not only include a cast of about 40, with about 20 children, ages 5 through teens, but also the audience, as they will be allowed and encouraged to sing-a-long.
“We’ll go through about 60 songs,” said Foreman, “not all in their entirety.” It’s not all singing. There will be special guests depending on what night it is. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making an appearance and perhaps even the Chipmunks. Stories, such as “The Night Before Christmas” will be told.
The second act will be the “reason for the season” with the more religious tunes. “It’s a very loose plot with the cast being who they are,” said Foreman. Costume pieces will transform some into other highly recognizable characters here and there. No auditions were held for this show and the songs were chosen for people who showed up. Foreman acknowledged that getting everyone together at this time of year for rehearsals has been challenging. He said, “There is lots of staging, group numbers and solo stuff, but very little rehearsal time.” The cast is mostly from Bellevue but some journey from Fostoria, Whites Landing and Norwalk. Could they be following a star?
Although the majority of the songs will be familiar, there are a couple of novelty songs like “All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth” and variations on well known songs such as “The Little Drummer Boy” and “We Three Kings”.
Foreman said, “It’s a roll with the punches, party, fun type of show.”
“Why do we do it?” said Foreman, “to have a good time and bring in the Christmas season.”