‘Christmas Belles’ fun in October | Theater Review
‘Tis the season’ to be... Trick-or-Treating. But if you’re a little impatient to start celebrating the more festive holidays, here’s a good diversion. It’s called “Christmas Belles.”
For those of you who can only stomach so much holiday cheer, have no fear. This is a black comedy that just happens to take place at Christmas time.
“Christmas Belles” tells the story of three feuding sisters in Fayro, Texas. Each is going through their own personal crisis. Frankie is pregnant with twins and has a big secret.
Twink has been serving time in jail because she decided to get even with a boyfriend who cheated on her. She’s out on probation now, but wants badly to continue in her crusade.
And Honey Raye is trying her hardest to direct the yearly televised Christmas pageant. But everything is going wrong.
Her predecessor, Geneva, keeps taking the reigns back, not to mention there are difficulties with live stock, sick cast members and a Santa Claus with kidney stones!
It doesn’t help that Frankie’s grown daughter, Gina Jo, is giving her pastor boyfriend, Justin, the cold shoulder in the manger.
Needless to say, the odds of putting on a successful pageant are about as good as bringing Elvis back from the dead.
The cast of the Reunion Theatre Group is great. Melissa Morrow plays the sensible and very pregnant Frankie. Her character wants the best for her extended family, but doesn’t know how to handle them.
The fuming Twink is played by Janine Snavely. She is a lot of fun to watch as she plots and debates with herself if revenge is really worth it. Especially since she’s met someone in jail.
Jen Hawkins plays the irritable Honey Raye. Her character’s a ball of fire trying to keep it cool.
Brian Hitch plays Frankie’s husband, Dub. He’s had as much holiday spirit as he can stand, but is an amazingly good sport.
The lovesick Pastor Justin is played by Courtney Reynolds. He has the patience of a saint, and the good cheer of a reindeer.
The role of the nervous friend Rhonda goes to Sarah Larson. She has trouble making friends with the sisters. She wants to belong, but doesn’t know quite how to infiltrate the group.
Frankie and Dub’s daughter, Gina Jo, is played by Darina Junkers. She lights up the manger and the stage.
Chad Donohue plays the local sheriff who’s been charged with keeping an eye on Twink, but ends up doing much more for the family.
Nancy Key is terrific as Honey Raye’s arch-nemesis, Geneva. She can’t understand why she’s been replaced as director, but at least she has her job at Boo-Koo Boe-Kay’s.
Richard Morris plays a simple-minded shepherd (in the nativity) who isn’t afraid to tell you what he loves.
And there’s Janette Reilly as Patsy who wants to see the Futrelle sisters brought down, and subsequently brings down the house.
Don’t miss this ‘Christmas in October.’
“Christmas Belles” is playing at the Everett Music Hall Oct. 25-27, Nov. 1-3 and 8-10, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. For ticket information, call 425-268-2187.
The Everett Music Hall is in the Everett Mall next to Macy’s, at 1402 S.E. Everett Mall Way #800, Everett.