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Holiday Theater• From the Backstage

“A 1950s Backstage Holiday” running tonight through Dec. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Breckenridge Theatre, located at 121 S. Ridge St. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children under 12. Call the box office at (970) 453-0199.”Gingerbread Man” is a children’s production running at 4 p.m. Dec. 22-24 at the Ten Mile Room at the Village at Breckenridge hotel on S. Park Ave. in Breck. Tickets are $5. BRECKENRIDGE – The Backstage Theatre opened its “1950s Backstage Holiday” on Wednesday. It continues every day through Sunday at 7:30 p.m.; while “Gingerbread Man,” a kids show of larger-than-life proportions, will play at the Village at Breckenridge hotel Dec. 22-24 at 4 p.m.

Co-written by artistic director Chris Willard and Murphy Funkhouser, “A 1950s Backstage Holiday” follows the Carver Family as the stress of Christmas challenges the traditional ’50s family.Writer Funkhouser also directs and stars as May June in the play which celebrates family.Doug Bair is the husband, Wade, and their son and daughter Princess and Bud are played by Melanie Ball and JP Devine. Extended family, Grandma is played by Sandra Willis and Jabe Dooley portrays brother Billy Ray with Starlyn J. First as his wife Shirley.Billy and Shirley introduce rock ‘n’ roll (and sparkly costumes), May-June (Funkhouser) deals with fancy new appliances and Bud worries over the invasion of Russians in this throwback to another generation.

Music with live accompanist Gail Smith, takes a lyrical twist on holiday classics of the era.Through humor and love, the holiday musical show finds a thread of cheer throughout.


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