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2 actors, 22 roles in 'Tuna Christmas'

A Tuna Christmas is one of those comedies that's funny enough to deserve a sequel.

In fact, it is the sequel to the play Greater Tuna, which takes place in a tiny Texas town called Tuna.

The play, presented by Columbia Basin College and directed by Ginny Quinley, has just two actors playing all 22 roles.

Tri-City actors Cole Cook and Kirk Fletcher match comedy skills playing a bounty of different characters.

There's Didi Snavely, who runs a used weapons store and decorates her Christmas tree with grenades.

Radio station OKKK personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities happening around Tuna during the holidays, including a hot competition in the annual lawn display contest.

Then there's Dixie Deberry, who's threatening to turn off the lights during the town's performance of A Christmas Carol because the little theater hasn't paid its bill. And Vera Carp heads of the Smut Snatchers Club. Her focus is pulling potentially foul words and references out of the Christmas play.

And if that isn't crazy enough for you, then wait until you meet R.R. Snavely, who claims to see UFOs; the Tastee Kreme girls, who keep forgetting to thaw meat for the burgers; and Stanley Bumiller, a juvenile delinquent who some believe is the Christmas phantom.

Cook and Fletcher don male and female roles, clothing, makeup, hair and all to stumble back and forth between all the crazy characters who live in Tuna.

The performances are in the CBC theater in Pasco. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3, 7 p.m. Aug. 4, 2 p.m. Aug. 5 and 7 p.m. Aug. 9-11.

Tickets cost $14 for adults and $11 for students and seniors. Tickets at the door.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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