Feast Dinner Theatre’s latest Christmas production, Baby It’s Cold Outside, written by Feast veteran Aaron Ellis, is about a journalist trying to break a local front-page newspaper story with the help of her boyfriend.
But the duo venture into an unfamiliar and challenging environment, set with the backdrop of an annual televised raffle. With all the ingredients of the yuletide magic, will the Grinch appear at this commercialized live studio event to snub the raffle gifts and joy? Bah, as someone once said, humbug.
Aaron Ellis, who was promoted from a Feast cast member after 425 shows to a playwright, says, “I’ve seen so many scripts and different writers over my eight years with Feast and that has helped me learn what works well with the audience; where the climax should be, plot twists, and music cues.”
“Aaron has written a very special, light, and funny seasonal show with a lot of heart. There will be witty jokes, heartfelt moments, and a few surprising twists that will leave the audience fully satisfied and not just from the traditional Christmas buffet served during the evening,” said Ben Aitken, the Feast music director.
Ben Aitken has also graduated from the performer’s ranks. “This will be my seventh season with Feast Dinner Theatre, so that’s roughly 300 performances. I feel I’ve come to understand what works and what doesn’t over the years as a cast member and taking the reins as the music director for this production feels like a natural progression,” he says.
“Ben is an incredibly talented musician and I have confidence in his direction for the singing and instrumental numbers in the show. We are good friends, and this has helped with the final touches to make this a very special Christmas production,” says Ellis.
Brothers 2 restaurant in Summerside will host the show from November 14 to December 21. Rodd Charlottetown production runs November 21 to December 22, and Rodd Miramichi is from November 27 to December 1. All shows are on select dates. To book tickets call 902-436-7674 (Summerside), 902-629-2321 (Charlottetown), or visit feastdinnertheatres.com.