In a sleepy little town in Florida, the town council has decided to cancel Christmas. It's up to Santa and his elves to journey from the North Pole to rekindle the holiday spirit in Christmas.
"A Show Palace Christmas," written and directed by Jason Tucker, premiered Nov. 22 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre and will run through Dec. 25. Tucker described the original musical comedy as "fun, colorful and cheerful."
"We really wanted to make sure it was fun for everybody," Tucker said, "not just for adults, not just for kids."
Much of the music audience members will hear puts twists on classic Christmas songs and carols such as "Santa Baby" and "Jingle Bells," which helps move the plot along, Tucker said.
Rick Kistner plays Santa Claus. It is his 17th show at the theater. Many of the cast members previously have performed at the theater in original and Broadway plays.
Show Palace, at 16128 U.S. 19, has run Christmas shows every year since it opened 15 years ago, said Jennifer Mara, business manager for Show Palace Entertainment.
"Everyone is guaranteed to have a good time," Tucker said. "If they have a problem with lots of color, laughing, singing and dancing, they may not enjoy themselves."
Tickets, at $52.97 per person, include dinner and the show. Package deals will be available for Dec. 1 and Dec. 7. They will include two adult tickets and two children's tickets for $75.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at (727) 863-7949.