Tuna Christmas - WEBIf Black Friday shopping stressed you out and you’re looking for some comic relief just in time for the holidays, Limestone College Theatre has what you’re looking for with its upcoming performances of “Tuna Christmas.”

With proceeds to benefit the summer season of theatre produced by Limestone College Theatre and Gaffney Little Theatre, the play “Tuna Christmas” will hit the stage Dec. 12-14.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65-over, $6 for students with an ID, and $6 for children 12-under. Limestone College students, faculty, and staff will be admitted free with proper identification. Advance tickets are available at www.showtix4u.com . The performances will take place at Limestone College Theatre, located at 130 Leadmine Street in Gaffney, each night at 7:30.

“Tuna Christmas,” written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard, stars Limestone Theatre Director Dr. Tim Baxter-Ferguson and Gaffney resident and Limestone Theatre Technical Director Jamie Grindstaff. This will mark the fourth time Baxter-Ferguson and Grindstaff have teamed up to perform in “Tuna Christmas.” The pair also acted in the original “Greater Tuna.”

 “Jamie and I are excited about getting back into our wigs as the Christmas season gets in full swing,” Dr. Baxter-Ferguson said. “We have just about as much fun as the audience does! We hope everyone will come out and join us for a few laughs during these performances.”

The story line involves the inhabitants of Tuna, Texas, who are up in arms over the latest Christmas yard display contest. It seems a Christmas phantom is intent on spoiling everyone’s good cheer – especially the self-proclaimed Queen of Tuna, Vera Carpe.

Tuna resident Didi Snavely is the chain-smoking owner of Didi's Used Weapons. Her shop boasts the slogan - "If we can't kill it, it's immortal." Another character in the town is Bertha Bumiller, the tired housewife of a low-down, adulterous drunkard, who is trying to raise twins - Stanley and Charlene. Other characters include Pearl and Dixie, two old women who love to gossip about fellow townsmen and shoot at blue jays with a slingshot; Petey Fisk, an overzealous animal rights activist; and Helen and Inita, two flirtatious restaurant workers who flip burgers, chew gum and twirl hair.