Humor and Holiday Cheer: Shane Center celebrates 10 years of Holiday Vaudeville

By: 
Samantha Hill

“It’s the best one yet!” people have said for the last ten years for the Holiday Vaudeville at the Shane Lalani Center for the Arts. This year will be no exception to that with the addition of a rap and a dog, making it the top contender for best performance.

“Holiday Vaudeville X” brought in many of their veteran actors to perform skits, dances and songs; all with a holiday theme. The handful of actors created new scenes while also calling back a few favorites from years past to celebrate a decade of yuletide laughs.

“There is definitely a level of nostalgia there,” Dewey Kemp, production manager and actor in all ten vaudeville show,s said.

Acts include parodying various popular Christmas songs such as from the movie “Frozen,” as well as recreating classic Christmas characters.

There is even an addition of a dog, Mabel, to the performance. Mabel is a large black dog that spends her time with the actors during rehearsal. She is making her debut as Skunkels the Christmas Skunk who helps Santa.

“This is the first time we have had a dog in a performance since ‘Annie’,” Director Russell Lewis said.

No actor could say exactly what their favorite scene of the show is during a Wednesday night rehearsal because they are having too much fun.

The show has a very quick turnaround with only a couple weeks of producing the skits then practicing all of them. Chyla Hall who has been doing the Christmas show for two years laid out what needs to happen in order for the show to be completed.

“You have to be quick on your feet,” Hall explained. “And you really have to believe in one another.”

But the actors try not to take themselves too seriously on stage because that is part of the show. There will be mistakes but they are able to laugh along with the audience.

“We will let the audience in on the joke, it’s just fun,” Kemp said.

“Holiday Vaudeville X” will take place 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sunday starting this week until Dec. 17.

Tickets are going fast so book early. Tickets are $18 for adults, $14 for seniors and college students, and $10 for youth 17 and under. Reservations are available at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3085544/ or by calling the box office at 222-1420.