By Alisha McDarris
For Hometown News
MARTIN COUNTY -- For an unexpected twist on the traditional Christmas program, the Barn Theatre in Stuart is the place to be.
Their holiday show, "Christmas Angels and Honky-Tonk Cowboys," will be a festive production to remember with its mix of songs that will have audiences stomping their feet and reveling in the spirit of the season.
The first act is full of country-western theme music like "Grandma got run over by a reindeer" and the appropriate "Come see what's happenin' at the barn." The second act will introduce more traditional tunes like "Mary did you know" and "Silent Night."
"It's going to be a more fun type Christmas show," said director Jim Docter who started planning the original revue six months ago.
He wanted to offer audiences a holiday show that combined the sacred music that people love with fun, playful tunes that put smiles on their faces.
After seeing holiday program after holiday program last year, some of which were a little bland with all traditional music to some that offered none of the familiar tunes and left him wanting more, he wanted to create a show that was different and fun, but heartwarming, too.
"I wanted to do a show that appealed to a lot of people," Mr. Docter said.
According to Mr. Docter and his cast, it will be a show the likes of which audiences have never seen.
"It's almost like you're at a big Christmas party," said Jack Brenner, a tenor in the show.
"It's light and yet meaningful," said Susan Ledbetter who is performing at the Barn Theatre for the first time.
Mr. Brenner and Ms. Ledbetter round out the cast that includes all ages of singers and dancers with a wide range of talents and they're all having a blast.
"The fun on stage will be contagious," Mr. Brenner said.
And with the dancing, candles and props to thrill audiences, it offers more than the sounds of the season, but something festive upon which to gaze, too.
The family event plays for one weekend only, Dec. 13-15. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children and can be purchased online at www.barn-theatre.com or by calling the box office at (772) 287-4884.
"I can honestly say everyone will enjoy this show," Mr. Docter said.