Holiday plays come to HIPP

Published: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 12:44 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 12:44 p.m.

No holiday season is complete without the magic of the Hippodrome Theatre's annual production of "A Christmas Carol."



* What: “A Christmas Carol” and “A Tuna Christmas,” the Hippodrome holiday plays

* When: “Carol,” Saturday-Dec. 21; “Tuna,” Friday-Dec. 22

* Where: Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE 2nd Place

* Tickets/Information: Call 352-375-HIPP (4477) or visit

And back by popular demand this year is the hysterical comedy, "A Tuna Christmas."

Now in its 36th consecutive year at the Hippodrome, "A Christmas Carol" stars Rusty Salling in his 23rd year as Scrooge, along with a complete cast of children from the Gainesville community. The entire family will enjoy the dazzling special effects and timeless message of goodwill in the heartwarming story of redemption and charity.

Show times will be from Saturday through Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays at the theater. Children will get in free on Saturdays only, with a paying adult and a donation of a non-perishable food item or unwrapped new toy.

The food will be donated to Bread of the Mighty Food Band and the toys will be given to the "Toys for Tots" toy drive.

There's no better place to spend Christmas than in Tuna, Texas, where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. In "A Tuna Christmas," it is 24 hours before Christmas and all comic hell is about to break loose as the delightfully eccentric residents of Tuna compete in a yard display contest.

Show times will be from Friday through Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

"A Tuna Christmas" has been a Hippodrome crowd-pleaser for 10 years, and those hilarious characters from Tuna are back to fill the holidays with cheer.

To purchase tickets and for more information, call 352-375-HIPP (4477) or visit

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