Tantramar Theatre takes on kinky comedy

Jocelyn Turner
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Tantramar Theatre actors Sandra Rogers (from left), Kevin Pratt, Bridget Ebanks and Dean Trueman will be getting a little kinky this year as they perform in the theatre’s latest play: ‘Fifty Shades of Christmas’

AMHERST – Tantramar Theatre is taking this year’s dinner theatre in a different direction. The theatre group has decided to get a little risky and put a little kink in this year’s Christmas play.

“The play is called ‘Fifty Shades of Christmas’ and it’s based on the best selling series, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’,” said Bette Douglas of the Tantramar Theatre Society. “It was written by Valerie Fahey, former Springhill playwright.”

The comedy, Douglas said, should appeal to a wide range of ages. The play itself is about a husband and wife team who are trying to help the husband’s best friend find a woman.

“He uses the novel, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, as sort of a guide to teach his best friend how to attract a woman and keep a woman,” she said. “Complications obviously develop and everything falls apart.”

When word got out about the play, Douglas said she had no trouble selling tickets.

“Within 48 hours, I had sold 300 tickets, all before the play was written,” said Douglas. “We are almost entirely sold out. I’ve never in my 45 years with the theatre sold tickets this fast.”

Although the novel could get quite mature at times, Douglas said the play itself will be full of comedy as opposed to steamy scenes.

“Most people who have gotten tickets have read the book, and I’ve had calls wondering about smut,” she said. “I’ve assured them there won’t be but the play is based on the series and it’s a lot of fun, but toned down. Men and women will equally like this play. It’s a very charming look at relationships.”

The latest Tantramar Theatre production will run for 16 days: from Nov. 23 to 25, Dec. 6-9, 13-16 and 20-22, with a final presentation taking place on Jan. 5. The Amherst Golf Club will house the theatrical presentation, with dinner catered by Patterson’s Family Restaurant. Doors open at 6 p.m. followed by dinner then the show.

Tickets are $35 and are available by calling the box office at 667-7002.

jturner@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Tantramar Theatre, Amherst Golf Club

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  • Expat
    November 16, 2012 - 13:50

    Im sure as everything Ms.Douglas provides for the town over the years this will be yet another amazing fun filled evening for those who attend. Thank you for the years of devotion to my old little town Bette!

  • justagirl
    November 16, 2012 - 07:53

    sounds pretty fun and family friendly to me. if you read the article correctly they say it is not "smut" and it is comedic and fun. If your looking for a family thing a dinner theater probably isnt the best place to bring children to anyway for a christmas party.. Everyone in this town has something to complain about. Sorry that not everything in this town gets geared at the "family"., it'll be nice to have some adult humour for once.

  • George McNuuNuu
    November 09, 2012 - 12:48

    Kinda sad that we can't have family freidly entertainment in our small town any more. i don't understand what it with all the filth, butr it looks like it's the horse tracks for us over christmans again.

  • Carrie Chesnutt
    November 09, 2012 - 11:44

    myyyyyy how things have changed , since I lived there !!!!!!!! have fun !