Kentwood Players Presents ‘The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)’

By Shari Barrett

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Austin, Matt and Reed host the annual Multicultural Interfaith Holiday Variety Show and Christmas Pageant for St. Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church in the Kentwood Players production of ‘The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)’ at the Westchester Playhouse Dec 3-19, 2021. (From left:) Randy Oppenheimer, Bruce Schroffel and Michael Mullen. Photo by Gloria Plunkett PhotographyKentwood Players presents ‘The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)’, a holiday comedy revue by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, opening this Friday, December 3 through Sunday, December 19 on Friday/Saturday at 8pm and Saturday/Sunday at 2pm. Performances take place at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Los Angeles, CA 90045, home of the Kentwood Players, one of the longest continuously operating Los Angeles theatre groups, recently voted by readers of the Argonaut newspaper as one of the top 3 live theatre companies on the Westside.This is a non-equity/non-paid production directed by Alison Boole with Assistant Director Jeremy Palmer, and produced by Rhonda Yeager-Hutchinson for Kentwood Players by special arrangement with Broadway Publishing Inc. Featured in the cast are Michael Mullen, Randy Oppenheimer and Bruce Schroffel. ‘The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)’ is festive, funny, physical, family fun in which the audience is welcomed to the Annual Holiday Variety Show and Christmas Pageant at St. Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church, where all faiths are welcome because they’ll believe anything. But there’s a problem: none of the acts scheduled to perform have arrived, so three members are pressed into service to perform the entire Variety Show and Christmas Pageant by themselves.This irreverent yet heartwarming trip through the holidays offers festive fun for ages 12 and above.

Reserved seat tickets are $22 with a $2 discount for seniors and students, available by either visiting www.kentwoodplayers.org or https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=130445~onlyto purchase online and book your reserved seats, emailing the box office at boxoffice@kentwoodplayers.org or calling (310) 645-5156, preferably during box office hours, Wednesday through Saturday from 4:00-7:00pm. Please note all voicemail messages will be answered in the order received to confirm your ticket order. For group ticket sales of 10 or more, please call the box office for group rates. Any available tickets will be sold at the box office beginning one hour prior to each performance. Free street parking is available for the Westchester Playhouse on 83rd Street and in the adjoining neighborhood, but not on Hindry Avenue. Left turns are restricted on the corner of Hindry and Florence due to the new Metro train station crossing, so please read all traffic and parking signs carefully. In addition, Kentwood Players is holding its 9th annual Kentwood Kares Coat Drive during the run of ‘The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)’. Please donate a new or gently used coat, sweater or jacket for a man, woman, or child when you attend the show. All items will be donated to the Los Angeles Mission to share much-needed warmth with those in need this holiday season.

Kentwood Players reminds everyone to please consider including a year-end donation with your ticket purchase at the box office, or by clicking the DONATE button on our website www.kentwoodplayers.org or mailing a check made out to Kentwood Players to 8301 Hindry Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90045. As a 501C3 organization, donations to Kentwood Players are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

COVID-19 Policy: Everyone ages 12 and over must show proof of vaccination for admittance and is required to properly wear a mask while inside the Westchester Playhouse (unless performing onstage). Please note this policy will be updated and changed as more information develops as Kentwood Players continues to monitor all City, State and government procedures and directives. For more information about current and upcoming productions and auditions, please visit the Kentwood Players website at www.kentwoodplayers.org,on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Kentwood Players Presents ‘The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)’