Charleston theatre’s final play set for the weekend

Mackenzie Freund, City Editor

As the end of their 25th season comes closer, the people behind the curtains of the Charleston Alley Theatre are getting ready to put on their last show.

The theater will be putting on “Christmas Shorts” this weekend in conjunction with Christmas in the Heart of Charleston.

The show, written by Matt Hoverman, includes five, 15 minute-long “merry little comedies,” according to a press release from the CAT.

“The naughty and nice production of short holiday comedies humorously comments on family, heart breaking ex-girlfriends, ‘X-mas’ cards, the nativity and the sex lives of elves,” according to the press release.

Hoverman wanted to have fun with the themes of Christmas while making a few points of love, family and the seasons glories with a light touch, according to the press release.

The titles of the short plays included in the show are called “Going Home,” “The Christmas Witch,” “Xmas Cards,” “Nativity” and “The Student.”

According to the press release, the show is an adult comedy and contains strong language.

“(The play) is slightly irreverent and more naughty than nice. Parental discretion is advised,” according to the press release.

The cast of the play consists of six people, and each person plays different roles during the five short comedies.

The play is directed by Amanda Wolf with the assistant director as Kent Wolf, and has members of the Charleston Alley Theatre Intern Council helping stage the production.

Each member of the council has a different production role, from publicity to constructing window displays and help with costumes, to audiovisual support and YouTube designs.

“While at the theater the council invites audiences to browse the CATwalk, a lobby shop with a variety of snacks and merchandise for sale,” according to the press release.

The play is being put on starting Friday and also runs along with the Christmas in the Heart of Charleston happening Saturday afternoon.

Performances on Friday and Saturdayare planned to take start at 7:30 p.m. with a Sunday matinee performance at 2 p.m.

The theater is located at 718 Monroe Ave. and is handicap accessible.

More information about the theater, and the show can be found on the CAT’s Facebook and the website.

Tickets for the show are on sale now for $10 and reservations can be made by calling the CAT at 345-2287.

Tickets will be available for people who are financailly unable to pay at a free or reduced price.

The press release also included a quote from Hoverman.

“Let’s hear it for the Charleston Alley Theatre, who will be doing my collection of holiday comedies “Christmas Shorts” this December in lovely Charleston, Illinois,” Hoverman said. “Go get ’em, kids!”


Mackenzie Freund can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].