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BTCPA to stage ‘Christmas Belles’ Nov. 10-13

The Bay Tree Council for the Performing Arts in Red Bay announces its first production of its 20th season: “Christmas Belles,” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.

Performances will be staged Nov. 10-12 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. at Community Spirit Bank’s Weatherford Centre in Red Bay. Tickets are $8 each and go on sale Oct. 31 at the Weatherford Centre. To purchase, visit the centre or call 256-356-9829 between 2-4 p.m. weekdays. Group sales are available with dinner Thursday night and must be purchased in advance by calling Beth Hammock at 256-356-9286.

The play is directed by Scotty Kennedy, and cast members include Mary-Elizabeth Moore, Tina Smith, Abbey Jones, Joey Allen, Brittany Russell, Jerry Self, Susan Grissom, Lisa Massey, Dylan Pearson, Randy Mink and Hannah Jackson.

It’s Christmastime 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. 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, Kennedy said, is “guaranteed to bring joy to your world.”

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