On Stage

Tea Party

A calamitous Christmas


What: "O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy"

When: 7 pm Tue., Dec. 19

Where: Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.

Cost: $26-$36

Info: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Don’t be alarmed, but by procuring tickets to “O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy,” there’s a chance you might spend a minute or two under the spotlight dressed as a shark, or find yourself onstage portraying a member of the royal family.

And via the power of imagination, those in attendance at the Tues., Dec. 19 show at the Mount Baker Theatre can also expect to be surrounded by an endless sea of tea.

The premise of “O Christmas Tea” focuses on James (Aaron Malkin) and Jamesy (Alastair Knowles), close friends who encounter a disaster of epic proportions at their own holiday soiree. After having written a missive to Santa Claus requesting more—you guessed it—tea, the duo must deal with the repercussions associated with having their wish granted.

Apparently, the big fella in red goes overboard, and it’s not long before James and Jamesy find themselves on a quest to save the world, which is quickly filling up with a watery substance that smells and tastes suspiciously like English Breakfast. But all is not lost, because thanks to their problem-solving skills and help from audience members, they just might be able to stay afloat.

“We have new developments to make the whole family squeal with joy: dazzling costumes, floor-to-ceiling projections, new songs and choreography, and magical effects, providing more adventure and wonder than ever before,” Malkin says of this year’s rendition of the Christmastime tea party. “While awash in holiday sparkle, this show has delight enough for Santa followers and abstainers, both.”

Known for their physical comedy, improvisational acumen and clowning skills, the Canadian actors have spent the past five years touring the globe as James and Jamesy and sharing their award-winning productions, which also include “High Tea,” “2 for Tea,” and “In the Dark.” Throughout, their ability to foster connections between themselves and their audiences have earned them accolades that go beyond the stage.

Those who’ve already seen “O Christmas Tea” have used words like “brilliant,” “intelligent,” “witty,” “fantastical” and “magical” to describe the immersive experience, but it’s likely you’ll have to be knee-deep in the imaginary liquid before getting a true sense of Malkin and Knowles’ talent for transformation.

“The Christmas season is a magical time of year that brings people of all ages together,” Knowles says. “It’s time when we are encouraged to dream big, embrace imagination and celebrate a childlike excitement for merriment. This year’s production maintains the joyous holiday spirit, sweeping spectators into an immersive adventure, leaving them bubbling with laughter and brimming with holiday cheer.”

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