Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre adds to its holiday offerings today as it opens The Bop She Bops Merry Christmas, Baby! by Lydia C. Bushfield in its Backstage at the Barn space.
It’s Christmas 1972 and three months since the singing group The Bop She Bops triumphed at their ten-year high school reunion. Now they’re preparing for their biggest gig yet in the town’s annual Christmas Eve Concert. But a blizzard hits as the gals gather in the basement to practice and the trio is challenged to make Christmas on their own.
The show, which runs through Dec. 31, features 1960s hits like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “I Will Follow Him” and “Daydream Believer” as well as Christmas classics “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” “Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy” and of course “Merry Christmas, Baby!” The show is directed by Chaffin’s Artistic Director Martha Wilkinson with music direction by cast member Daron J. Bruce. The Bop She Bops members are Corrie Miller, Erica Haines and Laura Crockarell.
Continuing on the Barn’s main stage is Glad Tidings, a holiday variety show by Martha Wilkinson and Bobby Wyckoff which also runs through Dec. 31. In the tradition of television comedy/variety shows, this “live” Christmas special includes classic comedy sketches, beloved holiday tunes and quite a few surprises.
Glad Tidings is directed by Charles Burr, Artistic Director of Tibbit’s Summer Theatre in Coldwater, Mich. Burr has directed several shows for Chaffin’s throughout the years and has a keen eye for comedy and musicals making him the perfect match for this holiday presentation. The cast includes Debbie Kraski, Jennifer Richmond, Mia Rose, Rosemary Fossee, Will Sevier, Daniel Bissell, Corey Caldwell and Thomas Harton.
Reservations for shows at the 8204 Hwy. 100 facility are required so call (615) 646-9977 if local or toll-free from outside Tennessee at 1-800-282-2276. Click here for information on dinner and performance times as well as ticket options for individuals and groups.
*Photo by John Chaffin courtesy Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre.