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Belles prepare to toll for holiday crowds

Everybody experiences trying times but one local organization wants you to take a moment to let loose and laugh out loud.

ArtsRevive, in partnership with Encore’s Off Broad Street Productions, will put on “Christmas Belles,” a play about the Futrelle sisters from Fayro, Texas and their family dealings together as they try to host an annual Christmas pageant at their church. Showings will take place Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. inside the Larry D. Striplin Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Cindy Stoudenmire, who directed the play with Beth Taylor, said the play covers a wide-range of topics.

“You have three sisters — one in jail, one going through menopause, one who’s 40 and pregnant with twins after raising two children,” Stoudenmire said. “At one time it was described as the ‘felon, the flirt and the fertile’; there’s all kinds of drama going on in people’s lives … I hope it gives them (the public) an opportunity to laugh — humor is healing.”

ArtsRevive board member Ann Thomas said the organization has been sponsoring plays for almost two years and the public’s response has been positive.

“So far we’ve done lighthearted stuff and people enjoy coming and laughing,” Thomas said. “These are local people and the community has enjoyed seeing local people they know. We have young and old, black and white — you have a cross section of community participating in the play. It’s a good thing.”

The performers, Thomas said, made their own costumes and props.

“It’s a 100 percent local effort,” Thomas said. “I think it’s an evening of entertainment to laugh with people on stage and maybe see themselves in people up there and laugh at themselves; Hopefully, it will be a time of relaxation and Christmas fun.”

For ticket information and play discounts, visit ArtsRevive on Facebook.

Tickets can be purchased from Truax & Co., the Selma-Dallas County Public Library, the Centre for Commerce or from any cast member.

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