Dashing Through the Snow, a crazy holiday comedy for the whole family by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, plays Nov. 29 – Dec. 21 at Pentacle Theatre.
Here’s the deal: It’s four days before Christmas in the tiny town of Tinsel, Texas, as a colorful parade of eccentric guests arrive at the Snowflake Inn to deck the halls with holiday hilarity.
Trina, the harried yet upbeat innkeeper, has more than she can handle coping with this bunch of nuttier-than-a-fruitcake lodgers.
Hoyt and his sister, Donna Jo, make the mistake of trying to end a 30-year feud between their curmudgeonly aunts, Ennis and Della, with sidesplitting results.
Ainsley and Lenora, self-involved actors from a lower-than-low-budget touring production of A Christmas Carol, descend on the inn to fulfill a promise, leaving comedic chaos in their wake.
Add to this Yuletide mayhem an ill-advised romantic rendezvous between Mrs. Claus and one of Santa’s elves, a demanding guest who refuses to leave, not to mention a tipsy housekeeper, and it’s clear it will take more than a kiss under the mistletoe to keep Trina’s spirits merry and bright.
But a spur-of-the-moment Christmas Eve wedding that brings together the fabulous Futrelle sisters — Honey Raye, Twink, Frankie and Rhonda Lynn — and their best friend, Raynerd, takes a surprising turn that leads to a laugh-’til-your-sides-ache climax, changing all their lives forever. You’ll swear this family-friendly holiday laugh-fest is more fun than a joyride in a one-horse open sleigh!
Pentacle Theatre’s cast of Dashing Through the Snow includes Tina Clarke as Trina, Dick Bond as Mr. Boykin, Lana Buckholz as Cuddles, Franki Futrelle and Dubbery, Ken Hermens as Binky and Ainsley Danforth, Robert Salberg as Hoyt Ledford and Raynerd Chisum, Kirsten Manning as Donna Jo Austin and Honey Raye Futrelle, Janet Henry as Ennis Pucket and Twink Futrelle Buntner, Debbie Neal as Della Crowder and Lenora Benedict, and Jenni Bertels as Paulette Coogan and Rhonda Lynn Lampley.
IF YOU GO:
What: Dashing Through the Snow, a fun-filled, family friendly holiday comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. Directed by Deborah Johansen.
When: Friday, Nov. 29 – Saturday, Dec. 21.
Where: Pentacle Theatre, 324 52nd Ave. NW, off Highway 22, about 6 miles west of downtown Salem, Oregon.
Sponsored by: Dashing Through the Snow is made possible by the generous support of Glantz Law Group. Thank you.
Suitability: Dashing Through the Snow is a family-friendly holiday comedy suitable for anyone over 6 years old.
Tickets: Range in price from $24-29.
• $29 for opening night includes a catered post-show party.
• $25 for Friday and Saturday evening performances.
• $27 for Sunday matinee performances.
• $24 for Wednesday and Thursday evening performances.
• Seniors, students and military are eligible for a $1.50 discount per ticket with ID.
• Oregon Trail cardholders are eligible for a 50 percent discount per ticket.
Where to Buy: Pentacle Theatre performances can sell out early and we encourage you to buy tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Advance tickets are available at Pentacle’s downtown Salem ticket office at 145 Liberty St. NE or by calling 503-485-4300 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, or online anytime. Tickets are also available at the theater box office 45 minutes before each performance.
Student Rush Tickets: Half-price student rush tickets for remaining open seats are available at the theatre box office 15 minutes before each performance with a school ID.
Sold Out Performance Wait list: For sold-out performances, patrons may sign up in person on a first-come-first-served waitlist for any “no-show” seats remaining at curtain time. The wait list opens at the theater box office 45 minutes before each performance.
For more information: PentacleTheatre.org or call 503-485-4300.
Pentacle Theatre is Salem’s premier community theater, celebrating 65 years of professional-quality productions staged in an intimate setting. Pentacle Theatre affirms, promotes and celebrates the participation of all, without regard to race, color, sex, disability, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion or socioeconomic status.