Holiday Theater in Salem Oregon

Enlightened Theatrics Brings A Tuna Christmas to Salem’s Historic Grand Theatre

Brian Burger and David Ballantyne will bring nearly two dozen colorful characters to life in the holiday hit comedy A TUNA CHRISTMAS, playing December 14 through December 30 in Salem’s Historic Grand Theatre.

In this hilarious sequel to Greater Tuna, it’s Christmas in the third-smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various yuletide activities, including the hot competition in the annual lawn-display contest. In other news, voracious Bob Lipsey’s production of A Christmas Carol is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. Many colorful Tuna denizens, some audiences will recognize from Greater Tuna and some appearing here for the first time, join in the holiday fun!

The second in a series of comedic plays by Ed Howard, Joe Sears, and Jaston Williams – preceded by Greater Tuna and followed by Red, White and Tuna and Tuna Does Vegas- A TUNA CHRISTMAS is a once an affectionate comment on small-town, Southern life and attitudes, but also a withering satire of the same.

No stranger to the stage, Founding Artistic Director and Salem native, Vincenzo Meduri rounds out Enlightened Theatrics 2018 season with this “wonderfully tacky Christmas experience” set in Texas, sure to be yet another hit. Mr. Meduri also directed the most recent hit production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with record attendance.
Actor Brian Burger returns to his hometown of Portland via his Acting apprenticeship at Florida Studio Theatre. This isn’t the first sighting of Burger in Salem, he most recently played The Beadle in Sweeney Todd, and last year as the title character in A Charles Dickens Christmas. David Ballantyne, a native Oregonian has over 20 years of experience in theatre and film having been honored for best lead male performance in the OCTA One Act Competition for his portrayal of Jerry in The Zoo Story. Mr. Ballantyne is also the Board President of Pentacle Theatre.

A Tuna Christmas opens Friday, December 14 and runs through Sunday, December 30. Performances are Wednesday through Saturdays at 7:30 PM (December 26 is closed for the holiday) and Sundays and 2:30 PM. Tickets are $28 adults and $23 student. Preview nights are Wednesday, December 12 and Thursday, December 13 for $10. Tickets may be purchased online anytime at, by calling 503.585.3427 or in person at 187 High Street NE in downtown Salem. Box office hours are noon to 6 PM Wednesday through Friday and one hour prior to every performance.

191 High St. NE, Salem, OR 97301

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