It’s Christmas time in the third-smallest town in Texas, as Brownwood’s Lyric Theatre presents “A Tuna Christmas,” this Friday, Dec. 8 through Dec. 17.
“A Tuna Christmas” follows radio personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie as they report on various holiday festivities around town, including the lawn display contest and the annual production of “A Christmas Carol.” This sequel to “Greater Tuna” follows several characters from the original show and introduces more for the holidays.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students. “Tuna” will perform on Friday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The showtimes for the following weekend are the same, except there will be a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Friday, Dec. 15 and no matinee on the 16th. “A Tuna Christmas” stars Lyric veterans Austin Bynum and Jonathan Harvey.
“Tuna” director Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld said the creator of the Tuna series is originally from Rising Star. “He knows small-town Texas,” Humfeld said. “The show just took off like gangbusters.
“Bynum and Harvey play 22 different characters between them,” she said. “They have to do lightning-fast costume changes — they’ll amble off on one side and then 45 seconds later, they’ll be back on stage in a totally different costume and accessories.”
Humfeld said the play is a fun challenge for the actors and requires lots of backstage help. “One of the biggest challenges is, when there’s only two guys in a full-length play, they have a huge amount of lines to learn,” she said.
“This play is absolutely hysterically funny, and totally appropriate for children. We recognize these characters because they are members of our family — we go to church with them and see them at the grocery store. That’s what makes ’Tuna’ so much fun.”
Tickets for “A Tuna Christmas” are available online at www.brownwoodlyrictheatre.com. Humfeld said businesses can also hold holiday parties during “Tuna” performances if they schedule in advance with the Lyric at 325-998-2801.