A! Magazine for the Arts

Barter Theatre's holiday season

October 26, 2021

Barter Theatre announced its winter holiday season, which includes “A Christmas Story,” “The Twelve Dates of Christmas” and “Jingle All the Way.”

“A Christmas Story” shows indoors at Gilliam Stage from Nov. 18 to Dec. 29, while the other two productions are shown at the Moonlite Drive-In for the entirety of their runs. “The Twelve Dates of Christmas” runs from Nov. 26 to Dec. 23, and “Jingle All the Way” is performed by the Barter Players from Dec. 3-23.

“A Christmas Story” follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle— while he seems to be rebuffed at every turn. Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his heart’s desire. Will his Christmas dreams come true? Based on the beloved motion picture, this nostalgic tale of childish yearning is perfect for the whole family.

“Jingle All the Way” also follows the journey of an underestimated protagonist, Jangle the Elf, who is the twin brother of Santa’s #1 helper at the North Pole. Will he be able to prove himself and save Christmas at the same time? No matter what job Jangle is assigned in Santa’s Workshop, his sister Jingle can do it faster and better. Then a letter arrives for Santa at the North Pole, a letter requiring a Top Priority Gift. The trouble is no one – including Jingle – knows how to make it. Will Jangle be able to save the day–and Christmas?

“The Twelve Dates of Christmas” is a raucous one-woman show, which turns the classic Christmas show experience on its head. Mary loves the holidays. Even when her fiancée calls to say he’s sick and can’t come to Thanksgiving with her family, she makes the best of the day and snuggles in to watch the Macy’s Day Parade on TV. But when the parade camera zooms in on her fiancée kissing another woman, Mary’s holidays take a turn for the ridiculous. What follows is a year of hilarious and strange dates that bring Mary back around to the next holiday season wiser, happier, and more herself than ever before.

Producing Artistic Director of Barter Theatre, Katy Brown, is thrilled to be bringing Christmas back to the Gilliam Stage, as well as sharing shows at the Moonlite Drive-In. “We are very excited to offer both viewing experiences for our patrons. It’s such a magical time of year for so many people, and we’re proud to be a part of our community’s cherished traditions. There’s nothing like Barter at Christmas.”

Patrons can purchase tickets for Barter’s Christmas season, as well as find out more information about safety measures being put into place, by visiting Barter’s website www.bartertheatre.com.