Hell in a Purse presents CHRISTMAS DEAREST



Hell in a Handbag Productions will continue its 20th anniversary season with the return of one of its most popular holiday musicals: Christmas Dearest, featuring a book and lyrics by artistic director David Cerda *, music by Cerda and Scott Lamberty and directed by Derek Van Barham.

Christmas Dearest is playing November 27 through December 31, 2021 at the Ebenezer Lutheran Church Auditorium, 1650 W. Foster Ave. in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago. Tickets are currently available on noelchers.eventbrite.com. Press opening on Saturday December 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Please Note: Purse will require proof of full vaccination and masking at all shows. All the actors and the team are fully vaccinated.

Joan Crawford (David Cerda *) returns in Handbag’s own version of A Christmas Carol. It’s 1953 and Joan is desperate to relaunch her career with the new film, Oh, Mary !, a big, vivid musical adaptation of the life of the Virgin Mary. Everything has to be perfect, but the stress of surviving in Hollywood has turned Joan into a bully! Even Carol Ann (Ed Jones *), Joan’s staunch personal assistant, is on edge. What Joan needs is a miracle, and that is exactly what she gets when she is visited by three ghosts who try to show Joan the error of her ways and the true meaning of her. vacation.

The cast also includes ensemble members Sydney Genco * (The Virgin Mary), Caitlin Jackson * (Bette Davis), Nicky Mendelsohn * (Teeny Teena), Tyler Anthony Smith * (Olive LaLake) and Danne W. Taylor * ( LB Mayer) with Mark Barty (Christina), Spencer Douglas Clark (Bill), Lolly Extract (Puppets) Marc Prince (Henry), Coco Sho-Nell (Vernita), Maiko Terazawa (Child Joan) and Marissa Williams (’20 Joan) .

The production team includes Eric Luchen (stage design), Liz Cooper (lighting design), DJ Douglass (sound design), Uriel Gomez and Kate Setzer Kamphausen (costume design), Pamela Parker * (prop design), Keith Ryan * (wig design)), Sydney Genco * (makeup), Jabberwocky Marionettes (puppet), Abby Teel (production manager) Madison Smith (assistant director), Cody Beyers (technical director), Elyzabeth Adler (technical advisor) and Drew Donnelly * (stage director).

* Indicates a member of the Handbag Set

Photo credit: Rick Aguilar Studios.

David Cerda and the cast of Hell in a Handbag Productionsa ?? holiday favorite christmas darling

Photos: Hell in a Purse presents CHRISTMAS DEAREST
The cast of Hell in a Handbag Productionsa ?? darling Christmas holiday favorite.

Photos: Hell in a Purse presents CHRISTMAS DEAREST
David Cerda and Caitlin jackson

Photos: Hell in a Purse presents CHRISTMAS DEAREST
Ed jones and Nicky Mendelsohn

Photos: Hell in a Purse presents CHRISTMAS DEAREST
David Cerda, Mark Barty, Marc Prince and Marissa williams

Photos: Hell in a Purse presents CHRISTMAS DEAREST
Sydney genco and David Cerda

Photos: Hell in a Purse presents CHRISTMAS DEAREST
Tyler Anthony Smith and David Cerda

Photos: Hell in a Purse presents CHRISTMAS DEAREST
Mark Barty, Spencer Douglas clark, Marissa williams, Nicky Mendelsohn and Tyler Anthony Smith

Photos: Hell in a Purse presents CHRISTMAS DEAREST
Marissa williams, Ed jones, Spencer Douglas clark and Caitlin jackson

Photos: Hell in a Purse presents CHRISTMAS DEAREST
Marc Prince, Coco Sho-Nell, Tyler Anthony Smith and Ed jones

Photos: Hell in a Purse presents CHRISTMAS DEAREST
Danne W. Taylor and David Cerda

Photos: Hell in a Purse presents CHRISTMAS DEAREST
Maiko Terazawa

Photos: Hell in a Purse presents CHRISTMAS DEAREST
Mark Barty and David Cerda

Photos: Hell in a Purse presents CHRISTMAS DEAREST
Nicky Mendelsohn, Spencer Douglas clark, Marissa williams, Tyler Anthony Smith, Marc Prince and Mark Barty


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