“Christmas Belles” -Three Notch Theatre Performance Review

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It’s the holiday season! I can finally feel comfortable saying this since it is now December. Maybe I’m a bit of a Grinch but it’s OK, I’m working on it. 🙂 This next show helped me get into the holiday spirit for sure!

The Three Notch Theatre in Lexington Park, MD is performing “Christmas Belles” by Jones Hope Wooten- a laugh out loud, entertaining Christmas show that is a joy for the whole family (even for little kiddies because most the jokes will go over their heads anyway!) This show runs November 30-December 16th, 2018.

“It’s Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the 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 impersonator. Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!”

Synopsis from http://www.newtowneplayers.org/christmas-belles.html

Each of the three Futrelle sisters has their own reputation issues within their community and especially their church. But when Honey Rae Futrelle (the dramatic, flirtatious sister fabulously played by Dawn Weber)  has the opportunity to direct the church’s Christmas Eve play, she decides that this is her time to shine and show the community what she is made of.  Meanwhile, Frankie Futrelle Dubberly is extremely pregnant and ready to pop (believably portrayed by Laura Hinkle, a newcomer to Three Notch) and her Santa Claus husband (played by Paul Rose, whose facial expressions crack up audience members) has his own issues himself, so they both don’t want to get involved with the play. Twink Futrelle (played by another newcomer Shanon Foster) has her own drama going on as well but reluctantly is forced to attend this production. Adding in other factors such as young love, exposed family secrets, judgmental church-goers, and anything else going wrong that possibly can make this production one you can’t miss!

Director Beth Sanford and assistant director Jeff Maher (who was also the set designer) did a great job with their casting decisions and helping each actor to shine. I enjoyed seeing new faces on that stage and I could tell they all enjoyed being up there. The set reminded me of growing up and going to my Sunday school classes at the local church and with minor set/prop additions, it was cleverly switched to other locations. Each of the set and costume changes were done pretty quickly and sometimes did not go 100% smoothly but that is the POINT and something I really appreciated: You are watching the struggles between each of the characters and trying to put on a fabulous performance, even when everything is going wrong. Even the sound cues between scenes were hilarious (shoutout to sound designer Jay McKulka!)

You’ll notice when you see a performance that there is a handmade wreath hanging on the stage. Would you want to a chance to OWN that wreath? Um, who wouldn’t?! Check out the photo below for contest rules and regulations!

Long story short- Get your butt in one of those comfy seats and go see “Christmas Belles” to kick off your holiday season! Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, it is an enjoyable show that is guaranteed to make you smile!

The show runs November 30-December 16, 2018 (Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3:30 PM). Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for members of Newtowne Players, $12 for students/seniors (65+)/military and $10 for children 12 and under. If you go on Thursday, tickets are $10 for EVERYONE!

If you are interested in buying tickets and/or to find out more information, go to https://www.newtowneplayers.org/tickets.html!

Let me know in the comments below what you think of the show!

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