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Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017

Carrollwood Players have a plate full of holiday offerings

Over the next few weeks, Carrollwood Players Theatre, 4333 Gunn Highway, will be alive with laughter and song.

To begin with, the theater will still offer “Scrooge the Musical” through Dec. 19.

Then, Friday and Saturday, the Carrollwood Players’ Nine and Numb improvisational crew will put into action audience suggestions during the 11 p.m., adult-oriented Jingle Jam improv show.

This special two-night comedy event will benefit the Toys For Tots’ Toy Drive. If a patron brings a new, unwrapped toy to Jingle Jam, he will see the improv show for free. Otherwise, the cost is $10 adult and $5 student with ID. Tickets are available at the box office each evening.

“We’re so excited to be able to help out such a fantastic charity this year with this event,” said Kelly Clow, founder and executive director of Nine and Numb Entertainment, LLC. “Too many kids go without during this time of year, and we wanted to give back in the best way we could. If we can get people laughing along the way, that just sweetens the deal.”

Following on Jingle Jam’s heels on Sunday and Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre will be “Jukebox Holiday,” an original musical written and directed by Jen Martin starring Adriane Falcon, James Faurote, Erica Garraffa, Jeff Lukas and Eric Misener.

This musical revue brings back many of the colorful characters from the popular “Jukebox Saturday Night.” The gang once again gathers at Big Bart’s Burger Barn, now sparkling with holiday decorations, and offers up a wide array of holiday songs — “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “White Christmas,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” — that promise to put any Scrooge in a festive mood.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at carrollwood-play ers-theatre.ticketleap.com/juke box-holiday/.

As a close to the holiday season, the first ever Yuletide Fantasy Costume Ball will also be held from 7-11 p.m. on Dec. 26 in the Black Box Theatre.

“Imagine a fantasy holiday party in an ice castle,” said organizer Tiger von Pagel. “Guests might be elves, wizards, fairies, princesses, whatever festive creature their imagination creates. We’ll have refreshments, live music from the students at Jim Chambers Music Box, a raffle, a costume contest and then finish the night with dance music.”

Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door and can be purchased at carroll wood-players-theatre.tick etleap.com/yuletide-fan tasy-ball.

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