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Con Am’s Annual Xmas Spectacular Opens Wed

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Gather your friends, family, or just yourself and head down to the Riffe Center for a holiday theater experience that will have you laughing your socks off. Available Light Theater’s Consolidated Amalgamated’s Annual Xmas Spectacular Featuring Artie Isaac opens Wednesday, December 8, 2010 and runs through Sunday, December 12, 2010. Co-written by Artie Isaac, Matt Slaybaugh, and Sean Christopher Lewis, Xmas Spectacular is gracing us with its second year on stage.

Artie Isaac says it like this, “We present A Christmas Carol so that it’s no longer old and dusty. Like Exodus at Passover, Dickens’ classic tale is suddenly about us, here, now. It’s like me: an uncomfortable mingling of contemporary expressiveness with ancient traditions.”

The premise of the show is that Winford Doke, CPA of Consolidated Amalgamated, has been let go mere hours before the company Christmas party. Doke traditionally gives a glorious rendition of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” during the company’s party each year, and had to leave someone else in charge of the duties. Artie Isaac, Doke’s loyal assistant, was summoned to take over the annual storytelling of the Christmas classic. Isaac is not only unprepared, but Jewish. Can a Jewish man really tell this quintessential Christmas tale? I don’t know, is the “doke” on him? Check out this video for a glimpse:

Well, as the performance unfolds, the audience will come to understand that the holiday season is not about which religion or belief system each of us holds, but more about being human and bringing people together. Chances are you may just leave the theater exhausted from laughter and also with a warm feeling in your tummy.

Go see Consolidated Amalgamated’s Annual Xmas Spectacular Featuring Artie Isaac. Performances are being held at the Riffe Center, Studio Two Theater, 77 N. High Street. All tickets are Pay What You Want, meaning pay what you can afford. To sum it up, a quote from Available Light Theater: “Now more than ever, we all need great art. And now, more than ever, we can’t let economic circumstances shut anyone out of the theatre.” For more information, please visit: XMASwithArtie.com.

Kristin Marks is a Columbus Underground contributor, and can be found blogging about kid-friendly activities in Central Ohio over at cbusmom.com.

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