The panhandle’s premier professional theater providing fresh jokes and spectacle each holiday season By Rebecca Ison
Back for its sixth year of production, The REP Theatre of Seaside presents its smash-hit holiday comedy “Every Christmas Story Ever Told … And Then Some.” The panhandle’s premier professional theater reimagines the script every year, providing fresh jokes and spectacle each holiday season, making “Every Christmas Story” a show locals and visitors come back to year after year. This hilarious whirlwind of a performance tackles all your favorite Christmas stories while bringing in all the special holiday traditions you share with your family — watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, caroling, and re-gifting that fruit cake, again.
The delightful cast features local professional actors that keep the energy high and the audience laughing as they take on every beloved holiday classic. The consistent audience participation brings the entire family in on the fun. Who doesn’t want to see dad play a convincing Cindy Lou-Who? “Every Christmas Story” provides the laughs but never strays from the heart of the holiday season, as a time when families get to spend time together. The show is family friendly and great for all ages, whether you’re four or 104 years old. Executive director Brook Stetler explains, “We wanted to create a show where all generations of a family can come together, laugh, have a memorable holiday experience, and create a space where the stress from the holiday season melts away so they can just have a great evening with the entire family.”
In an effort to bring affordable art and family events to the community, The REP will be performing free abridged versions of the show throughout the community also. The abridged versions of “Every Christmas Story” will take place throughout South Walton beginning Thanksgiving week, to kick off the holiday season. Grab some hot cocoa and a blanket and gather the entire family at one of these performances.
The full version of “Every Christmas Story” will take place at The REP’s indoor theater space in Seaside beginning the first week of December. Located behind Modica Market, the intimate 75-seat theater is decked out for the holidays. Whimsical set pieces and designs make it really feel like the Christmas season, even if it is 72 degrees and sunny outside. The full version of the show brings more fun, more laughs, and more beloved holiday classics. Favorite moments include a not so graceful rendition of the The Nutcracker, the exploration of holiday traditions across the world, and a Grinch that can only make you smile and laugh.
The REP is the leading professional theater in the panhandle, providing free and main-stage productions throughout the year for locals and visitors. Also active in local schools, The REP provides mentoring programs, improv camps, and internship opportunities for children and young adults in the community. A local establishment committed to the community, The REP is a truly special organization vital to the arts and culture of South Walton. Find a roster of The REP’s upcoming events and purchase tickets online at lovetherep.com.
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