By Zach Dunkin
‘Tis the season for arts groups everywhere to offer something for the holidays, whether it is a traditional production “A Christmas Carol,” a modern-day dance interpretation of “The Nutcracker” or concert filled with yuletide tunes.
For the Actors Theatre of Indiana it will be the world-premiere of “Completely Christmas Cabaret,” starring ATI’s own Don Farrell and New York City’s Mary Jayne Waddell. Presented in a relaxed cabaret setting at The Warehouse, the twosome, backed by a musical trio, will present an evening of recognizable holiday songs and stories, plus other not-so-familiar tales and tunes.
“I’ve known Mary Jane for years, and we’ve always wanted to do a Christmas cabaret,” explained Farrell, who cofounded ATI in 2005 with Judy Fitzgerald and Cynthia Collins. “As Catholics we were both raised to believe in Christmas and that’s what this show will be about.
“We will share personal stories and remembrances of Christmas that were unique to us, but other stories the audience will be able to relate to,” said Farrell. “I mean, we all grew up, right? We’re also going to pull back from the commercialism of Christmas and get back to what Christmas is all about.”
Farrell says there will be lots of funny moments mixed with a few poignant ones. They will talk about the history of Christmas and how some of its traditions originated.
“We want it to be like family and friends getting together and having a good time and laughing,” said Farrell. “We want the audience to walk away saying, ‘What a great Christmas party that was!’ ”
Completely Christmas Cabaret
When: 7:30, Dec. 17-18
Where: The Warehouse, 254 1st Ave. SW, Carmel
Tickets: $35 advance, $40 at the door, www.liveforthemusic.com.