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Feast Dinner Theatre opens new Christmas show

by Michelle René Sexton

Both casts together. Front row: Jennifer Morris, Sarah Langley, Rebecca Parent, Alicia Altass; back row: Fraser McCallum, Bobby McIsaac, Thomas Webb, Jason Burbine, Gordie MacKeeman, Josh Ellis.Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas this year at Feast Dinner Theatres’ Christmas show. With some shows already sold out, The Mistletoe Affair is said to be the most amusing, most entertaining show to date.

Already at the end of its twenty-ninth year, Feast Dinner Theatres boasts the longest running dinner theatre in the Maritimes. Two casts will perform the same Christmas show between four locations: Summerside and Charlottetown, PEI, and Fredericton and Miramichi, New Brunswick. The cast of ten have all performed in one or more feasts, and all have the amazing talent of being able to perform flawless comedy sketches while singing a myriad of songs. The group of young actors are also great friends off stage with a few members performing in the same bands—The Grass Mountain Hobos, and Nudie and the Turks.

This year’s Christmas feast is traditional in the untraditional sense of family. A young, ‘scrooge’ female executive is pregnant and happily single. With no desire for a husband (a donor fathered her baby), and Christmas season fast approaching she’ll receive her traditional ‘romantic’ Christmas with the person she least expects. All ages will enjoy the fun, and the larger the group the more exciting the feast gets. Be prepared for the unexpected as, with all dinner feasts, you never know when it’s your turn to be serenaded, danced to, or picked on by any of the five cast members. The livelier the crowd the greater the fun. And as part of the evening a Christmas buffet is yours to enjoy with ham, turkey, all the traditional fixings, breads, and desserts.

This cast contains five members who perform with popular Maritime rock, honky-tonk, and string bands, one solo singer/songwriter, two attending Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, one co-founder of the award winning improv group 4 Skit’s Sake, one vocal performance graduate of Glenn Gould School, and finally one remarkable Anne Shirley.

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