Those loud but lovable gals are back this holiday season and they’ve brought friends! So audiences are urged to tighten their seatbelt and get ready for one exciting sleigh ride as TheatreCentre presents “Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular” set to debut this Thursday, Dec. 12 at the National Guard Armory.
Performances are scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 12-14 at 7 p.m. and a Sunday, Dec. 15 matinee is scheduled at 2 p.m. Admission is $10 per person.
Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular, as many may remember, is the sequel to the former Honky Tonk Angels presentation in which fate brought three aspiring country stars, including Sue Ellen, Darlene and Housewife Angela (“Ain”-gela) Bodine together at the Hillbilly Heaven in Nashville.
“This is the reuniting,” said Gary Davis, director.
“At the end of our last show, Sue Ellen went back to Nashville, Angela went back to Texas and Darlene was left to become a star at Hillbilly Heaven in Nashville. They have decided to have a reunion at Christmas time. That is what the show is and they get together and sing Christmas songs and have a big time.”
Davis said some new characters have been added for the Christmas production.
“CiCi Bynum plays Charilee Chess who is a widow,” Davis explained. “Her husband is deceased. Sue Ellen has been having trouble with her throat, so she has brought Angela Bodine’s daughter, Bubba Jr., to help perform because there are some notes she won’t be able to sing in her songs.”
And this storyline, Davis said, is taken from real life. Cindy Young, who plays Sue Ellen really has been having throat problems of late, is joined on stage by her daughter, Emma Young, 12, who is glad to give her mother a hand with those high notes!
“It is just a lot of fun,” said Davis. “There’s a lot of crazy stuff going on, people who have seen this show before know the antics this bunch can pull and you add these two new girls in there and it is just even more enjoyable, funny, corny, tacky, those are the best words I can use to describe it.”
“It takes place at the same place the other one took place, Hillbilly Heaven the name of the bar where Darlene is still performing,” said Davis. “There are lots of surprises. You won’t believe some of the surprises.”
Other cast members include Renee Williams who returns as Angela Bodine and Bynum is new to the cast, Davis said.
“Renee Williams is always a hoot,” said Davis. “She is good for laughter just being around her.”
Bynum, a high school senior, has added tremendously to the production, Davis said.
“She has a beautiful voice which adds and blends in with the voices we already have,” said Davis. “She is just really good.”
“They interact so well together,” said Davis. “They are all the time cracking on each other off the stage.”
The Christmas Honky Tonk Angel production, Davis said, will feature a live band.
“If you are looking for just a good time, a place you can come, feel comfortable, laugh, not just laugh to yourself, but chuckle, laugh out loud and hoop and holler, this is the place, this is the show to do that,” said Davis.
“If you want to feel good during the holiday season, this is the place to be,” said Davis.