Theatre of Dare adds ‘Dinner Theatre’ Christmas show

By on December 3, 2018

Theatre of Dare is having too much fun.

While making a hit out of The Rocky Horror Show in October, the local theater group was inundated with requests to add a holiday production to its four-show regular season.

“It’s something we enjoyed doing last year and something that our audiences clearly appreciated,” said T.O.D. president Tim Hass. “So, after having so much fun with Rocky, we decided to give the people what they want.”

The result is The Very Merry Xmas Carol Holiday Adventure Show, a family-friendly holiday romp that will be performed dinner theater style in December at the Secret Island Restaurant in Kill Devil Hills.

The show begins with a storyteller (Alison Nunemater) who has her Christmas tale rudely interrupted by The Xmas, a mysterious malicious force that sweeps in to destroy all things Christmas. A ‘dream team’ of classic holiday characters is quickly assembled to stop it: reluctant Ebenezer Scrooge (Steven Devaney), intrepid Frosty the Snowman (Bert Plante), and timid Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer (Daniel Ziegler). The trio then embarks on an epic journey across the frozen tundra in a race against time to restore the Spirit of Christmas, while encountering a sleigh load of hilarious hijinks on the way.

“It’s a fun, silly, engaging show with a lot of audience participation and interaction,” said director Gail Hutchison. “It will be a great way for families to enjoy an evening out with some light-hearted holiday entertainment.” For those looking for the full dinner theatre experience, Secret Island will be offering a full menu of pre-show dinner and drinks.

For Theatre of Dare and Hutchison, the Christmas show also marks a bit of a homecoming. Secret Island, which was formerly known as Port O’Call, is where Hutchison directed the organization’s very first show, California Suite, back in March of 1992. But while the venue is a part of its past, T.O.D. is hoping shows like this can become part of its future.

“Holiday shows, dinner theatre shows, shows on the beach side. These are all things we’ve been looking to try for several years now, and this is a great first step,” said Hass. “If this works as well as we think it will, this is the type of show we would love to add to our repertoire more often.”

“Hopefully, the audience will have as much fun as we’re having.”

“he Very Merry Xmas Carol Holiday Adventure Show” takes the stage December 7, 14, and 15 at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees December 9 and 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students, and all performances will be at Secret Island Restaurant, 504 S. Virginia Dare Trail in Kill Devil Hills. A full menu will be available, but food purchase is not required to attend. For tickets and more information, go to

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  • lory patrick

    As an owner of a house that I rent “in season” but spend considerable time at “off season” I regret not having more options of things to do on the OBX (my friends owning houses who spend considerable time Sept. thru May feel the same). I would love to see a Christmas play, and would willingly pay for tickets for me and all my friends but to only offer this two times waayyy before Christmas was very limiting (why not more dates closer to Christmas when more people would be here). Also, I wanted to see the Rocky Horror Show that was put on in Nov but NOBODY had any details about where it was going to be (the poster I saw at Pizza Hut lacked this VERY VITAL information; hint” post date, time and LOCATION — even the librarians in Manteo couldn’t figure out where this show was being held). Next, just a pet peeve but why, in this area, do people feel compelled to gouge homeowners such as myself for simple services that are twice the cost here? This has nothing to do with requesting more things to do but it’s bothered me that at home I pay $30 for a synthetic oil change but here it’s $60 to $80; it’s the SAME SERVICE. In Elizabeth City it’s $40 so come on’ folks — don’t rape the people who really are putting big money into your economy; and no, just because your cost of living is higher doesn’t justify higher costs (SKILL justifies higher costs for labor). Once again this isn’t just my feeling, it’s many others who love the OBX but really have issues with people here who don’t really appreciate the fact that they wouldn’t even have jobs if not for many of us who are supporting them with the rentals we own; after all, without a rental industry, what other major industry does the OBX really have? So please, think of the “outsiders” in a different light and when planning things to do, plan things that make people like me really want to spend as much time as I can here (and likewise, spend my money here) because it really helps all of us. Maybe some Christmas decorated boat shows would be nice, maybe an off-season comedy club would be nice, maybe some wine tastes or martini tastes would be nice, maybe dance lessons (like Kelly had Shag nights) would be nice…

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