SCENE BREAKER: An elf makeover, a gay giveaway and a Welsh Christmas on the wagon

The inside scoop on Crumpet's couture, The Jorge Show year-end show, reviving Dylan Thomas and more.

Here’s what’s behind the curtain this week in Tampa Bay theater...

CLOTHES MAKE THE CURMUDGEON: For his fifth outing as Crumpet, the disgruntled Macy’s elf in American Stage Company’s Xmas-corrective comedy Santaland Diaries, actor Brian Shea is donning new apparel courtesy of designer Jerid Fox. The old costume dated back to AmStage’s first run at the one-elf David Sedaris comedy that debuted 11 years ago with a different and, no doubt, lesser actor. The holiday anti-tradition kicks off Monday night with a “pay what you can” opening performance.

SPEAKING OF GAY APPAREL: Tuesday night, Stageworks Theatre will double as both guest of honor and host for the live video recording of the "Big Gay Giveaway" episode of The Jorge Show. A fast and funny bilingual talk show broadcast statewide, The Jorge Show is introducing what will be an annual event to recognize “participants, corporations and sponsors who openly promote diversity and equality within their communities and workplace,” sharing its ticket proceeds with the honorees.

A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN TAMPA: Continuing its series of free afternoon shows at Tampa’s Seminole Heights Branch Library, Improbable Athenaeum will present an intimate reading of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ nostalgic masterpiece A Child’s Christmas in Wales this Saturday at 2 p.m., read by actor Ned Averill-Snell. Written for the radio, the charming family tale was first recorded in 1952 by Thomas himself, drunk and reading the text from a 1950 issue of Harper's Bazaar that was found lying around the studio because the poet had neglected to bring a copy with him.

APPRECIATION IS A SALAD THAT IS BEST SERVED COLD: Every theater company depends on the goodwill of volunteers, so freeFall Theatre Company Artistic Director Eric Davis will show his appreciation by preparing a Guatemalan Fiambre salad right before the eyes of freeFall’s valued helpers at a party tonight in their honor. Traditionally served for Day of the Dead and All Saints’ Day celebrations, the chilled concoction can feature as many as 50 ingredients, and originates in a tradition of bringing food to one’s relatives in the cemetery.

IN OTHER HOLIDAY NEWS: Stumped for seasonal stagework to attend? Here’s a few events you may not know about: The comedy Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then Some) this Monday and Tuesday at [email protected], a multidisciplinary Winter Fantasy this Saturday only at Tampa’s Patel Conservatory, and the stage adaptation of the ubiquitous holiday film A Christmas Story through Sunday at St. Petersburg City Theatre. You’re welcome.

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