Holiday variety show sparkles on stage through Dec. 23

Thursday, December 1, 2011
Ethan Holder of Indianapolis plays innocent in front of Santa and Olivia McKenna of Roachdale in A Beef & Boards Christmas 2011, now on stage through Dec. 23.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The holidays sparkle as Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre presents its 19th annual greeting of the season. Gather family and friends and join Santa himself for "A Beef & Boards Christmas 2011," live on stage through Dec. 23.

Sure to make the season bright, "A Beef & Boards Christmas" is a true variety show with breathtaking songs, stories and dance, celebrating all that makes the holidays special. Skilled singers and dancers in beautiful holiday costumes perform on a stage flanked by twinkling Christmas trees. "A Beef & Boards Christmas" includes a live Nativity, a salute to the military and special segments to entertain all ages.

Kenny Shepard of Fishers and Deb Wims of Indianapolis return as hosts.

"I think everyone has a good time during the show," said Shepard, who has performed in 18 consecutive productions. "The cast is doing what we love to do, and the audiences seem more relaxed at Christmas, ready to forget about the traffic jams and sit back, laugh, listen and enjoy the show with the people they love."

Fans of the "Smoke on the Mountain" series at Beef & Boards will be happy to see three members of that cast featured in this year's holiday production. Jayson Elliott, Sarah Hund and John Vessels are featured "Holidaires" singers in "A Beef & Boards Christmas 2011." Sarah and Jayson also show off their skills playing a variety of musical instruments.

The fourth Holidaire is Jillian Wallach, who is making her Beef & Boards debut. She is one of 10 new performers in all -- more than half of the cast. Included among the newcomers are 7-year-old Olivia McKenna of Roachdale, and 9-year-old Ethan Halford Holder of Indianapolis. Both youngsters also show off their musical talents, with Olivia playing piano and Ethan on drums.

There are 37 performances of "A Beef & Boards Christmas 2011" in the intimate atmosphere of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Tickets range from $36 to $59, and include Chef Odell Ward's holiday dinner buffet offering carved turkey and all the trimmings, a fruit and salad bar, unlimited coffee and tea. Discounts are available for children and groups of 20 or more. Parking is free.

For reservations, call the Box Office at 317.872.9664 anytime between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays.

For complete show schedule, visit

Every year, more and more people discover "A Beef & Boards Christmas" is the perfect way to enjoy the season -- dinner and a show in one place. Stop by the gift shop for unique gift ideas, or give food and fun to someone special with gift tickets available at

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, located on the northwest side of Indianapolis, has been providing food and fun for everyone since 1973.