With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

Celebrate the holiday season with a staged reading of Christmas in Dixie at Plant City Entertainment on Saturday, December 16 at 2 and 8 p.m. This is a fundraiser for Plant City Entertainment which is located at 101 N. Thomas St. in historic downtown Plant City.

This is a fun, family event that will help support a great arts non-profit. Bring the whole family and enjoy the reading, Carolers, Christmas cookies and hot chocolate. The cost to attend is $10 for adults and $8 for children 18 and under. If you have a family of four, you can get in for $25. You can purchase tickets online at www.pceshows.com.

Christmas in Dixie is an original work written by Alicia Daniel Croxton and directed by Tyler Hollis. Christmas in Dixie is set in in Alabama and features two pageant queens, Ashley and Savannah who are stranded at the Birmingham Airport due to a snowstorm. They have missed the Miss Toyland Pageant in Atlanta and will now have to enter the Miss Chicken Plucker Pageant in order to win enough money to pay for nursing school. The two have taken refuge in the only available accommodations, the Lady Marmalade Bed and Breakfast. There, they meet the eccentric owner of the bed and breakfast and two Marines who are also stranded while on leave. The four are the first guests at the bed and breakfast. While there, they show they are not afraid of armored vehicles, hors d’oeuvre hour featuring Elvis robes, pregnant armed robbers at The Waffle Barn, and helping out The First Hope of The Last Chance Baptist Church with the threatened cancellation of its Food Pantry Palooza.

April Golombek, First Vice President and Artistic Director of the theatre said, “This show is a wonderful Christmas story with lots of great songs and great messages. We are hoping this will become a tradition for Plant City Entertainment as a fundraiser for us every Christmas.”

There are 12 local residents cast in Christmas in Dixie. Golombek added, “Because it is a stage read, there are minimal costumes, sets and the actors read from the scripts.”

Plant City Entertainment began as Plant City Community Theatre in 1980 and incorporated in 1994 as Plant City Entertainment, Inc. The organization is governed by a 14-member volunteer Board of Managers who are dedicated to bringing high quality entertainment to the community. Plant City Entertainment presents a minimum of four stage shows per season.

For more information, please visit www.pceshows.com.

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