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Get in the Holiday Spirit with Ghostlight Theatre

by Megan

For my Phoenix-area readers, especially those of you in the West Valley, I have the perfect way to get you into the holiday spirit this year! Ghostlight Theatre, in Sun City West (just north of Surprise) is putting on The Jimmy Jenkins Christmas Special, a new musical which is guaranteed to get your holiday season off to a great start.

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It’s Christmastime in New York City, 1949. The Jimmy Jenkins Variety Hour is about to go on hiatus for the holidays when Jimmy is visited by the new VP of Programming who has some unfortunate news. The show is being canceled! Thinking quickly, Jimmy “reminds” the network bigwig of the show’s big Christmas Special, to be performed live on air in just three days!

Jimmy and the reluctant cast give up their break and scramble to put together a show that will save their jobs. But the arrival of a young singer from Oklahoma may put all of their hard work at risk.

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The show features 20 favorite Christmas songs, old fashioned laughs, a jazz quartet, and even an onstage magician! And as the “live studio audience,” you get to be a part of the action!

Is now a good time to mention that I’m in the show?

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Yep, I’m part of the jazz quartet. My character is Joan, a chain smoking show business veteran whose only concern is her paycheck. Or is it? Guess you’ll have to come see!

Our theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit, and most of our hard-working helpers are volunteers who give their time and money because they care about what our little theatre brings to the community. Yep, the same people you see onstage are the same people building the sets, selling tickets, and even cleaning the bathrooms!

Here are some pictures of our set, in progress. Ooh, a stage on a stage, pretty slick, huh?

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And our decorations were provided by Oriental Trading Company! They sent us some of our awesome Christmas decorations to help us dress the set for the “Special” (and didn’t require us to say nice things in exchange, but I’m going to anyway!).

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Their garlands and wreaths were the perfect additions to our set, and the quartet needed these “Fiesta Maracas” for…well…you’ll have to come see the show for that!

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And of course the show was written by and stars my husband, Daniel Tenney, as Jimmy Jenkins. His last musical earned him two Zoni Award nominations, and another of his musicals recently got published and is currently being performed around the world. So if that’s not enough to get you there, I don’t know what else to say!

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Tickets are available by phone at (623) 252-5127 or online at www.ghostlightaz.com. Ghostlight Theatre is located in the Sun Dome Plaza near Safeway at 13541 West Camino Del Sol in Sun City West. The show will finish its run with performances December 8-11, at 7:00 PM on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as 2:00 PM matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

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If you need some great, inexpensive Christmas decorations, or fun Christmas crafts to do after seeing the show, be sure to visit Oriental Trading! And visit their special Christmas site for lots of free Christmas activities like coloring pages for kids and letters from Santa!

Hope to see you at the show!

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