Jenny Thurman, one of the singers in
Rockin’ Christmas Party at WaterTower Theatre,
flaunts her really big hair.
Theatre kicks off its Holiday Extravaganza this
week with three seasonal shows, playing
concurrently in different venues at the Addison
Theatre Centre. Two of the shows, Rockin’
Christmas Party and The Santaland Diaries, are
returning as crowd pleasers from previous years.
New this year is the holiday show, Flocked, from
the PUNCH DRUnK Comedy troupe.
really an exciting thing that we can have all
three performance spaces being utilized at the
same time,” said the theatre’s producing
artistic director Terry Martin, pointing out
that the mix of returning and new shows offers
something for all tastes.
Christmas is the show for everybody,” Mr. Martin
said. It’s a spoof of television variety shows,
he explained. “You kind of have to think of the
Sonny and Cher show with a little bit of Dean
Martin and Tammy Wynette thrown in, and lots of
big hair. We spend our wig budget on Rockin’
Now in its fourth year
for the WaterTower Theatre, Rockin’ Christmas
Party features Top 40 hits of the ‘60s, ‘70s,
and ‘80s, and it has played to packed houses.
Changes to shows each year make it a new
experience for audience members who have
attended in previous years, Mr. Martin
explained. “We make costume changes to the
shows, set design changes. You’re not going to
see the exact show that you saw before.”
The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris
of National Public Radio is returning for the
third year at the theatre as well. Billed as “a
wickedly funny antidote to all of that holiday
cheer,” the show follows an out-of-work actor
who takes a job at Macy’s Santaland for the
holidays. Needless to say, it’s not Miracle on
34th Street. “It’s really for adults and mature
audiences,” Mr. Martin noted.
Comedy troupe’s holiday show, Flocked, adds new
holiday fare at the theater this year. Flocked
features original, satirical yuletide sketches
and songs. Show highlights include such themes
as the consequences of holiday binge drinking,
Jolly Old St. Crystal Gale, and bloodthirsty
lawn ornaments. “It’s a holiday improv sketch
comedy show with four really great comedians,”
Mr. Martin said. (The theater notes that Flocked
also contains adult language and situations and
is intended for mature audiences only.)
Now in its eighth season, WaterTower
Theatre is the only professional theatre in
North Dallas, Mr. Martin said. “We are actually
sort of descendants of the Addison Community
Theatre which started here in the ‘70s,” he
explained. The theater became semi-professional
in the ‘80s as the Addison Centre Theatre, he
said. It was reformed, reorganized, and re-named
the WaterTower Theatre in 1996, and a new board
of directors and staff were brought in at that
time with a “change in mission and focus,”
according to Mr. Martin.
“We’ve grown to
the point that we have a subscriber base and
recognition,” he said. The theatre has more than
2,000 subscribers and an audience base of more
than 21,000 annual patrons.
Rockin’ Christmas Party is
running Dec. 4 - 21 on the Main Stage of the
Addison Theatre Centre. The Santaland
Diaries is running Dec. 4 - 21 in the Stone
Cottage of the Addison Theatre Centre.
Flocked is running Dec. 5 - 20 in the
Studio Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre.