I can’t remember the first time I went to see “A Tuna Christmas.” I think it was with Susan Cochran and I was her “date” because her husband, Butch, was doing something else that evening.
That’s when I discovered it was her favorite show and she sees it at least twice every year. She and Butch go, and then they take friends, especially those who haven’t seen it before.
I also discovered it is one of the funniest shows ever produced at the Springer Opera House.
Paul Pierce and Ron Anderson star in the show, playing something like 12 characters each. The quick changes they make backstage are truly amazing and probably a logistical nightmare. Of course, they each have to have a dresser, otherwise, they’d never be able to make it on stage.
In case you haven’t seen it, it’s set in Tuna, Texas, the third smallest town in the state.
There’s a contest for the holiday light yard display and a phantom vandal who messes up people’s displays.
And then there’s the ill-fated version of “A Christmas Carol” by the Tuna Little Theater.
While there’s nothing that suggests an adult theme, children probably won’t find it as amusing as their parents. You can send them next door to see “The Wizard of Oz,” while you see “A Tuna Christmas.”
Since that first time, I’ve seen it almost every year. And every year, I’m laughing like it was the first time.
A photography contest
The Columbus Museum has the “Now and Then III -- Community Photo Contest,” which closes Jan. 31.
If you want to enter the contest, go to the museum’s Flickr page and look at historic photos from the Columbus State University Archives. Then go to the site and take photographs for your present-day interpretation.
Upload your photos to the museum’s Flickr site (www.flickr.com/groups/columbusphotocontest/).
The top 20 photographs will be chosen for the exhibit, which opens March 24.