SALEM - Salem Community Theatre announces it will present two holiday theater productions this Christmas season, starting with "Honkytonk Angels Holiday Spectacular."
This musical revue follows last season's immensely popular "Honkytonk Angels," which told the story of three aspiring country music singers with dreams of stardom, who coincidently meet on a bus bound for Nashville.
When the trio realizes that they share a common goal, they decide to join forces, and their union creates a musical act that landed them a long-running engagement at the popular Honkytonk Heaven nightclub. At the conclusion of the show, the Angels promise a return engagement, and this new production is indeed that long-awaited reunion of "The Honkytonk Angels."
The cast is a reunion of sorts as well, featuring original cast members Julie Benner as "Angela" and Amanda Frost as "Sue Ellen," plus SCT favorite Nicole Slavin in the role of "Darlene."
In addition, a new fourth Angel, "Charilee" (played by Brandy Johanntges) is added to this show's cast in a surprise turn of events that, without giving away too much, promises to "deliver" even more love, laughter and Holiday cheer.
Cheryl and Gary Kekel are also reprising their duties as directors and music directors, and the talented five-piece Bodacious Bobcats backup band will return for the great musical support the "Angels" always depend on.
Performances for "Honkytonk Angels Holiday Spectacular" are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays evenings and 2 p.m. Sundays, from Dec 7-16. Ticket prices are $14 for adults, $10 for senior adults (age 62 and up) and $8 for students 17 and under. In addition, on Dec. 21 and 22, SCT will present a Holiday Youth Production of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," directed by Patricia Fagan. This show, featuring all youth actors, tells the story of the incorrigible "Herdman kids," who accidentally get involved in the local church Christmas pageant and turn it upside-down, but still manage to learn, and teach everyone involved, the true meaning of Christmas.
The cast includes young actors from across the tri-county area, and will be presented evenings at 8 p.m. Dec. 21 and 22, plus at a matinee at 2 p.m. Dec. 22. There are also student "Outreach" performances on Dec 19 and 20. For reservations and more ticket information call the box office at 330-332-9688, visit salemcommunitytheatre.org or Facebook.