Another Christmas story of glee, giving and growth

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Don't miss a one-in-a-million Christmas performances.

Back for its sixth year of production, The REP Theatre of Seaside presents their smash-hit holiday comedy "Every Christmas Story Ever Told ... And Then Some" sponsored by Visit South Walton. The Panhandle's premier professional theatre reimagines the script every year, providing fresh jokes and spectacles each holiday season, making "Every Christmas Story" a show locals and visitors come back to year after year. This hilarious whirlwind of a performance tackles all of your favorite Christmas stories, while bringing in all the special holiday traditions you share with your family: watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, caroling, and regifting that fruit cake ... again.

The REP is grateful that they have been able to expand their performances to the Bart Rockett Theater in Destin at HarborWalk Village and continue to grow the show's holiday tradition along the Emerald Coast. In gratitude, The REP is giving back to the community with their holiday performances. The REP is hosting benefit nights for local charities to spread the holiday cheer, including for Mattie Kelly's All Kinds of Art at 2 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Bart Rockett Theater in HarborWalk Village in Destin and for Alaqua Animal Refuge at 2 p.m. Dec. 20 at The REP Theatre in Seaside. Each charity will receive 20 percent of all ticket sales for that performance and the theatre will serve as a drop off point for donations for each charity.

The delightful cast features local professional actors who keep the energy high and the audience laughing as they take on every "Beloved Holiday Classic." The consistent audience participation brings the entire family in on the fun. Who doesn't want to see dad play a convincing Cindy Lou-Who? Every Christmas Story provides the laughs but never strays from the heart of the holiday season, as a time when families get to spend time together. The show is family friendly and great for all ages, whether you're 4 or 104 years old.

"We wanted to create a show where all generations of a family can come together, laugh, have a memorable holiday experience, and create a space where the stress from the holiday season melts away so they can just have a great evening with the entire family," said Executive Director Brook Stetler.

The full version of Every Christmas Story will take place at The REP's indoor theatre space in Seaside at 7:30 p.m. through Dec. 30. Performances at the Bart Rockett Theatre in Destin at HarborWalk Village will begin at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and perform through Dec. 28.

For more performances dates and times and to purchase tickets visit LoveTheREP.com. Whimsical set pieces and designs make it really feel like the Christmas season, even if it is 75 degrees and sunny outside. The full version of the show brings more fun, more laughs, and more "Beloved Holiday Classics." Favorite moments include a not so graceful rendition of the The Nutcracker, the exploration of holiday traditions across the world, and a Grinch that can only make you smile and laugh.