Nov. 24 2010 12:00 AM

Starlight Dinner Theater reels in ’Tuna Christmas’


"Greater Tuna" is already up and running at Williamston Theatre. Now, the Starlight Dinner Theatre is set to serve up another helping of "Tuna."

On Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11, the Starlight will host "A Tuna Christmas," a comedy sequel to "Greater Tuna," revolving around the people of the fictional Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas.

This snapshot of the tiny town finds its residents in a rush to put forward a disaster-prone production of "A Christmas Carol," as a yard decorating contest is being sabotaged by an elusive "Christmas Phantom" on Christmas Eve.

The play by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard features a slew of eccentric and downright odd characters, including Smut-Snatchers, waitresses, “UFOlogists” and taxidermists, among others.

All 24 characters in the performance will be played by veteran Lansing actor Michael Hays and Michigan State University student Jason Carlen: Expect frequent costume changes.

Dinner from Mary’s Homestyle Catering will be served before the show, and will consist of a traditional holiday meal, including roasted turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn and a choice of pies, among others. To fit the theme of the show, though, tuna casserole will also be served to interested patrons.

'A Tuna Christmas'

p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 and Saturday, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11
Starlight Dinner Theatre Waverly East Intermediate School, 3131 W.
Michigan Ave, Lansing $15 for the show; $30 for dinner ($25 for seniors
and students) Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.; reservations required. (517)
243-6040 or email
starlightdinnertheatre@ yahoo.com59