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Christmas done the Western way

Anonymous • May 12, 2015 at 6:28 PM

By Lori Demres

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• WHAT: “A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol”

• WHEN: 8 p.m. Nov. 11-13, 18-20; 2 p.m. Nov. 14 & 21

• WHERE: Playmakers Civic Theatre, 604 W. Sixth St., Port Clinton

• COST: $15/ticket

• INFO: 419-734-5044

The Don’t Hug Me gang is back, and this time they’re spoofing Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” This is the first show to launch the Port Clinton Playmakers’ 64th season. The musical reacquaints the audience with Gunner Johnson (played by Dave Baker), his wife Clara (Frankie Bickel) and their friends Kanute and Bernice. And for the first time, the world famous folk legend Sven Yorgensen is introduced.

“You don’t need to have seen any of the other Don’t Hug Me shows though,” said director Brenda Bou-Sliman. “Be prepared to laugh.”

Once again, Phil and Paul Olson have collaborated to come up with some of the most eclectic musical concoctions, like “The Wheel is Turnin’ but the Hamster is Dead,” “The Christmas Cheese Polka,” “Gunner Fell Into an Ice Hole” and “What Would Barbra Streisand Do?” The titles alone are a dead giveaway to the laughter in store.

On Christmas Eve, Gunner gets into a fight with his wife Clara. He storms off, riding across the lake on his snowmobile, where he tragically falls through the ice and ends up in a coma.

Enter nemesis Sven, also known as Martin Smith, as the ghost of Christmas past, present and future. It’s “A Christmas Carol” — done only the way the Bunyan Bay Minnesotans can do it.

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