David Sedaris’ Santaland Diaries comes to the WCU Bardo Arts Center

The Western Carolina University College of Fine and Performing Arts, the WCU School of Stage and Screen, and the WCU Bardo Arts Center presents The Santaland Diaries by NPR comic genius David Sedaris December 7-9 in the Bardo Arts Center Studio Theatre with a pre-show reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. Each production includes a pre-show reception with hors d’oeuvres, two free drinks, and a special “parents night out” opportunity. More details below.

This outrageous holiday comedy is based on David Sedaris’ beloved humorous and autobiographical essays, The Santaland Diaries, which have been adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello. The play stars Crumpet, a rebel without a “Clause” who recounts the true-life tale of an out-of-work writer’s stint at a Macy’s Department Store, working in Santaland for the holiday season, as a reluctant, but relentlessly cheerful, elf. “Crumpet”shares his observations from one chaotic December in Santaland featuring aggressive parents and drunken Santas, to flirtatious actors, poor hygiene, and the racially charged hazards of being a “Pointer Elf.” Enjoy this wry and witty look at the combination of retail nightmare and theatrical spectacle that is the holiday season, a sharp, narrowly observed dark comedy.

This perfect holiday treat for grownups stars local actor Colin Wasmund and features student actors Ryan Albinus, Callista Brown, and Helen Miller. Tickets are $30 each and include a pre-show reception with hors d’oeuvres and two free drinks. Also available each night of the performance is our “Parents Night Out” opportunity – bring your children to the performance and drop them off with the WCU School of Art and Design’s Art Education Club for an evening of holiday themed art (marble/stamped wrapping paper, wreaths, reindeer head busts) and tasty treats! This opportunity is only $15 per student and is available for up to 40 students per evening.

The production runs from December 7-9, with a pre-show reception beginning at 6:30 p.m in the Bardo Arts Center Star Atrium and the performance at 7:30 p.m. in the Bardo Arts Center Studio Theatre. For tickets and further information please visit arts.wcu.edu/santaland, visit the Bardo Arts Center box office, or call Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. or Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Bardo Arts Center is located at 199 Centennial Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723.