Christmas in July

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Janice McQueen Ward

It’s Christmas in July as Malibu High School director Jodi Plaia and her Theatre Lab students present “Christmas Belles” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Edgemar Theatre, located at 2437 Main St. in Santa Monica.

Tickets for the comedy about small-town life are $10, and can be purchased at the theatre on the night of the performance.

It may be Christmastime, but all is neither calm nor bright in the little town of Fayro, Texas. In an attempt to salvage her reputation, the much-married Honey Rae Futrelle has volunteered to direct the annual Christmas pageant at the Tabernacle of the Lamb. Her family is eager to help with Honey Rae’s extravaganza, but there are a few complications-sister Twink is in jail for accidentally burning down half the town in a crime of passion, cranky sister Frankie’s second set of twins are a week overdue, brother-in-law Dub may be passing a kidney stone, and niece Gina Jo is avoiding her boyfriend Justin, the church’s interim pastor. Throw in a former pageant director spurned, a family secret revealed, a snooty neighbor who can’t wait to see Honey Rae embarrassed, and two sisters vying for the same man, and all signs point toward an unholy night at the Tabernacle. But when the cast of “Bethlehem-A-Palooza!” is laid low by food poisoning on Christmas Eve, the extended Futrelle family – with a little help from Elvis and Santa Clause-rallies round to give Fayro a Christmas pageant the little town will never forget.

“Christmas Belles” is the second in the trilogy of comedies about the Futrelle sisters of Fayro, and it’s been making audiences all over the country merry and bright. The Theatre Lab production of this hilarious comedy features Malibu High graduates Taylor Goss, Maren Jensen, and Megan Keossaian, and current Malibu High students Michael Chernecky, Flora Greeson, Ren Martinez, Danielle Murray, Erica Posey, Mimo Reynolds, and Charlotte Van Ierland.

For more information, call 310.908.0490.