A kaleidoscope of wigs sat in a box on top of a round table at Revel Manor as the cast, director and production crew of “A Tuna Christmas” made their way into the historical residence for rehearsals last week.
This week the crew is rehearsing for the big production at the Memorial Auditorium. Graham locals Bryan Ray and Christopher Gibson will act their hearts out for Graham Regional Theatre's production of “A Tuna Christmas” this weekend. The play is the second in a series of comedic plays, the first being “A Greater Tuna” followed by “A Tuna Christmas,” “Red, White and Tuna” and “Tuna Does Vegas.”
The plays are each set the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, proudly known by Tuna locals as the third-smallest town in the state. Written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, the play shows a comedic and over-amplified description of small town Southern life and the attitudes of the locals within.
“A Tuna Christmas” shows scenes from everyday life from a day at work to time spent at home, all the while taking place during the holiday season. The play is unique in that Gibson and Ray will play the entire cast of 22 over-the-top characters of males and females in varying ages.
The production will be directed by Christian Sanders, who has directed and worked with Graham Regional Theatre since 2002. Ray, Gibson and Sanders, along with and production assistant Katie Huitt, stage manager and GRT board secretary Melanie Wenninger and GRT business manager Kay Berru have been staying busy rehearsing for the production.
“Basically it's a about a small town in Texas who owns their own theatre company,” Ray said, as he surprisingly — and effortlessly — strutted around in four-inch beige heels prior to rehearsal. Ray excitedly exchanged lines from the play with Gibson, who almost forgetfully walked around stretching a pair of deep rep velvet flats complete with a beaded bow.
“Together we play 22 characters represented by two actors,” Gibson said. “There are a few more than that in town that aren't seen.”
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