Sunday, August 9, 2020

“Lamb’s Festival of Christmas” is an Absolute Joy

photo credit Ken Jacques
Dave Heath, Omri Schein and cast of Lamb’s Festival of Christmas

Lamb’s Players Theatre presents Lamb’s Festival of Christmas – an annual tradition for thousands of San Diego families. Always a joyous holiday play filled with great music, it’s The Tradition That’s Different Every Year as the script, the music and the cast change each December. This year’s version is called It’s Christmas and It’s Live!

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This year the story is set at a television station that conducts live shows. When a majority of the cast and crew are snowed out, the television producer Mr. Delmonico (David Cochran Heath) and his assistant Lacy (Kerry Meads) have to scramble with the questionable talent they do have to put on a live show.

The Harmoneers are from Iowa and have won a competition to be on the show. While Mr. Delmonico is adamant that they will ruin his reputation, Lacy keeps him together by reminding him that this is Opal’s (Eileen Bowman) pet project and as the wife of their boss, there is no negotiating. The story perfects the power balances of real life workplace dynamics and weaves in a little bit of love story and a lot of Christmas joy.

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Photo credit Ken Jacques
Kerry Meads & Dave Heath

Kerry Meads is absolutely fantastic. Not only is her acting ability wowing from the get-go, she is also the author of the play! The writing is organically humorous and the audience gets to know each character at about the same level which is certainly a feat for a ten person cast. No character seems frivolous nor more important than any other. Supporting cast may be only limited to Roxie, the adorable, well behaved, (and very much real!) dog on stage, serving as Opal’s companion.

Lamb’s lives up to high expectations once again by maximizing every inch of space they have. From trap doors, to overhead control rooms, to falling snow and rising stars, Lamb’s makes anything seem possible.

photo credit Ken Jacques

Megan, a theater lover, raves about the show. “I was in awe of the talent. Even though it’s different every year, this needs to be my new tradition! The writing was funny and sweet, with a touch of religion- great for the people who enjoy that, but not over the top for the people that don’t. The singing, the costumes, it was all amazing. Everyone was such a good singer!”

Festival of Christmas opened December 5th and runs through the holiday season. The final performance will be December 29th. See it before it’s gone for good!

Watch this Sneak Peek by Visual Storyteller Brad Willis:


Lamb’s Players Theatre
1142 Orange Ave, Coronado

Ticket Information

Ticket prices vary depending on the production, the seating section you choose, and the day of the week you attend. Tickets can start as low as $24 for a seat in Section B on a weeknight. They can go as high at $82 for Prime seats on a weekend matinee. There are three seating sections Prime, Section A, and Section B. Musicals tend to be more expensive than plays. Tickets are available through LAMB’s Box Office at (619) 437-6000 or online at www.LambsPlayers.org.

There are special rates for this production:

  • Children aged 5 – 17 and Active Duty Military: 50% off the full adult price for all performances
  • Young Adults (18 thru 34) who join our free <35 Club: 50% off the full adult price for all performances
  • $5 Off for Seniors (66 and over) & Veterans
  • Group Discounts for groups of 10 or more.
  • Season Membership offers you the Best Seats at the Best Price, with savings up to 50% off, and a host of additional rewards & discounts.
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