Pec Playhouse stages ‘Christmas Belles’ Nov. 18-Dec. 4

Staff Report

PECATONICA, Ill. — Pec Playhouse Theatre in Pecatonica, Ill., will stage the Southern comedy Christmas Belles Nov. 18-Dec. 4.

Show times will be at 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. All seats are $10. For tickets and details, call (815) 239-1210 or visit

Christmas Belles is a Southern comedy written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. All three playwrights were born and raised in the pre-Wal-Mart South, and cherish their heritage.

Texas will never be the same! When the three Futrelle sisters take the reins of the local Christmas Pageant, chaos ensues. Honey Raye — fighting hot flashes — juggles a Santa passing a kidney stone, her cast dropping like flies from last night’s pancake supper, and a hateful sheep. Meanwhile, her sister Frankie, pregnant with a surprise set of twins who are refusing to be born, harbors a secret from her sisters that she is trying to find the right time to reveal. Twink Futrelle, on work-release from her jail stint for accidentally burning down half the town, is more interested in revenge on her ex-boyfriend than on helping make “Bethlehem-A-Palooza” a success.

This production — complete with a heartfelt telling of the Christmas story, an Elvis impersonator and second chances — promises to make you laugh until you cry and send you home remembering family is the best gift of all.

Pec Playhouse Theatre is at 314 Main St., Pecatonica, Ill.

From the Nov. 16-22, 2011, issue

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