The Matthews presents hilarious community theater comedy “Christmas Belles”

October 26, 2021

A 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.  This November, the Matthews Opera House & Arts Center presents the southern-fried, Yuletide comedy “Christmas Belles” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten.

Directed by Max G. Merchen, this hysterical comedy will run two weekends, Nov. 12-14 and 19-21. The Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday shows start at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for subscribers, and $5 for youth (18 and under) and BHSU students. Tickets are available at the Matthews’ art gallery during business hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by phone at 605-642-7973. Buy tickets online at www.matthewsopera.com

“Christmas Belles” is the Christmas sequel to the play “Dearly Beloved” which was performed at the Matthews Opera House in February of 2020. Much of the core cast has returned to reprise their roles.

“Christmas Belles” brings the audience back to Fayro, Texas where 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. But things are not looking too promising. Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!

“These Jones, Hope, and Wooten plays are always a real crowd-pleaser,” said Darren Granaas, executive director of the Matthews Opera House & Arts Center. “We are so excited to have this cast of characters back on our stage and we can’t wait for the community to see how hard they have been working. Get your tickets now! It’s going to be a hilarious show!”

The Cast

Miss Geneva Musgrave…………………..LeeAnn Paananen

Raynerd Chisum……………………………………….Jim Hoff

Honey Raye Futrelle…………………………….Brenna Meyer

Frankie Futrelle Dubberly………………………Cami Dohman

Dub Dubberly……………………………………….Mike Kane

Twink Futrelle…………………………………………Amy Ruff

Gina Jo (G.J.) Dubberly…………………….Bailey Sadowsky

Justin Waverly………………………………….Casey Hibbert

John Curtis Butner…………………………….Gerry Bennett

Patsy Price…………………………………………..Pat Rogge

Rhonda Lynn Lampley…………………………….Jena Sierks

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