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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Bradford Little Theatre Presents A Madcap Holiday Romp Dec. 2/3/4 At Togi's Playhouse

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Bradford! Soon the splendor of the season will burst from the stage of Togi’s Playhouse at the speed of Santa’s sleigh on Christmas night!

Bradford Little Theatre will present “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)” on December 2nd and 3rd at 7:30pm and December 4th at 2pm.

“It’s all of your basic Christmas shows thrown into a blender and poured out, mostly recognizable, onto the stage,” said Al Bernstein the show’s director. Bernstein also performs in the show along side Darrell Klute and Jake Riggs.

The three comic actors perform with wild intensity to cover a massive amount of iconic material in a very short time limit.

The show opens with a serious Jake standing in a top hat and overcoat delivering the opening lines of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” with all the overblown intensity of a Victorian melodramatist. Al and Darrell soon interrupt, wanting nothing to do with performing the stuffy play for the umpteenth time. Quickly the stage erupts with every Christmas story one can think of, Christmas traditions from around the world, season icons from ancient times, every carol ever sung, and myriad quirky holiday facts.

The madcap romp through the holiday season was written by John K. Alvarez, Michael Carleton, and James FitzGerald and includes original music by Will Knapp.

The actors run through the Christmas canon as if they had been shot from it. But the pace is not so fast that the stocking are not hung with on the chimney with a great amount of care. The audience is left in awe and exhausted from laughter as the show concludes.

The trio performed the show at Olean Theatre workshop two years ago and fell in love with the hilarious script.

“It was such a fun show,” Bernstein said. “Some town performed this show for 16 years in a row so I spent the $6 on the script figuring it was worth it. Once we performed it, we couldn’t wait to do it again.

We got the same crew and same actors together for this revival, but don’t worry this show has taken on a new form. We have fine tuned it and added new material and new takes on the given script. So if you saw it two years ago we invite you to come enjoy our new rendition.”

Tickets for the show are $10 per adult or $8 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at Togi’s Restaurant or Graham Florist. Tickets can be reserved by calling Chelsea at 814-598-9956. Tickets will also be sold at the door if available and seating is first come first served. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the show start time. And elevator is available if needed.

The show is suitable for all ages, however the existence of Santa is openly questioned, and therefore the theatre advises caution with their youngest patrons.

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