'A Christmas Pudding' at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

Jessica Klarp
Special To The Black Mountain News

The Front Porch Theatre at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts is proud to present "A Christmas Pudding" by David Birney with evening performances at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday Dec. 14, 15, 21 and 22 and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Dec. 16.

This heartwarming production is a Christmas celebration in song, story and poetry with tales by Mark Twain, George Bernard Shaw, Shakespeare, Longfellow and many others — all connected with a host of holiday songs and traditional carols.

"A Christmas Pudding" cast during a recent rehearsal. From left to right: Mary Soyenova, Susan Tracy, Carson Graf, Mike Yow, Max Baron Reid, and Larry Pearlman

Tickets are $20 and on sale now.

“Our Front Porch Theater holiday productions are a wonderful family tradition,” said Gale Jackson, executive director of the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. “Live theatre is a shared community experience that can add to the richness of the season. We look forward to seeing all of our friends and neighbors come through the doors.”

The show is directed by Franklin Harris, who is new to the region and to the Front Porch Theatre.

He brings a wealth of experience to the seasoned cast that includes Reese Fuller, Carson Graf, Lara Holloway, Larry Pearlman, Mary Soyenova, Susan Yeatman, Mike Yow, and Max Baron Reid.

Audiences will be familiar with several of these players. Pearlman and Yow were in last season’s It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Baron Reid directed and Graf expertly crafted the hair and makeup behind the scenes.

Soyenova showed her range in The Dixie Swim Club, and Yeatman delivered the goods in the sold-out production of Steel Magnolias.

Grace Carter, home on holiday break from college, will be stage managing her 15th show at the Front Porch Theatre.

Lynda Shuler, who serves as the show’s musical director, spreads her joy at ACT and other regional theaters and was seen here in last season’s Love Loss and What I Wore. A Christmas Pudding is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French.

“This play is literally a pudding with all kinds of ingredients that include classics from literature and music,” says Franklin Harris. “It is a delightful, warm presentation for the Christmas season.”

Front Porch Theatre Artistic Director Matt Lutz praises the work of Harris, the cast and crew and says, “My hope is that our production of A Christmas Pudding will add cheer to everyone’s holiday celebrations.”

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is located at 225 West State Street. For more information or to purchase tickets call 669-0930 or visit blackmountainarts.org.