Why you should have Christmas at Beef and Boards

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For the last 25 years, Christmas celebrations in Indianapolis have included “A Beef & Boards Christmas.” Set to take a break in 2018, the cast and crew pulled out all the stops before the show officially goes on hiatus.

“A Beef & Boards Christmas has been our own original Christmas greeting to our guests for 25 years,” theatre owner Doug Stark said.  “We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our audiences for making the show part of their holiday tradition.”

Stark himself went out of his way to thank 2017 audiences. He has played the role of Santa for this final run of the show.

Stark’s own personal flavor of Santa includes beatboxing, breakdancing, chorus girl elves and much more. His performances are not to be missed and is the cherry on top every evening. Other high points include a visit from the Grinch and the Chipmunks, a salute to the armed forces, traditional carol sing-a-longs, indoor snowfall, and a rendition of “O, Holy Night” that will send chills down your spine.

Kenny Shepherd has been the host of the show since its second year and is reprising that role again this year as well.

“I feel very honored to have been a part of it for so many years and to be included in the big finale,” he said. “I give a big thanks to Doug and Ron Morgan (director and choreographer) and Eddie Curry (artistic director) for including me on this most amazing ride. What a run!”

Other repeat performances include principal singers Kyle Durbin, Betsy Norton and Peter Scharbrough who were joined by Marissa Rivera who just finished up her role as Anita on “West Side Story.” The featured singer for the production has been Renee Jackson, who just made her debut at Beef & Boards in their production of “Ghost” in the role of Oda Mae Brown.

While “A Beef & Boards Christmas” will return in the future, no plans have been made definitively. Next year, the Christmas production will be Elf, The Musical.

“Elf, the Musical is coming to our stage for the first time in 2018,” Stark said. “We hope to introduce even more families to Beef & Boards and become a part of their holiday traditions.”

There are 36 performances of “A Beef & Boards Christmas” scheduled up through Dec. 23. Tickets range from $42.50 to $67.50 and include Chef Odell Ward’s holiday dinner buffet, fruit and salad bar and unlimited coffee, tea and lemonade. Free parking is also available.

Shows run Tuesday at 8 p.m., Wednesday at 1 p.m., Thursday at 1 and 8 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 and 7 p.m.

Beef & Boards’ next show, “Greater Tuna,” premieres Dec. 28.

For reservations, call the box office at 317-872-9664 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday or from 10 am. to 5 p.m. Mondays. For a complete show schedule or for more information, visit the website at beefandboards.com.

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