Playhouse’s madcap holiday comedy EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (And Then Some!) opens NOV 30!

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JOSHUA TREE, CA — Yes, Virginia, there IS a Christmas show for the whole family, and it’s the Hi-Desert Playhouse’s non-stop madcap romp, EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (And Then Some!).  Opening this Friday, November 30, and playing through December 9, EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD will split your sides with uproarious belly-full-of-jelly laughs as the top-awarded Playhouse brings audiences this fast-paced and hysterically fun show full of Christmas cheer and spirit—guaranteed to make your season bright!

Wittily written by playwrights Michael Carleton, Jim FitzGerald and John K. Alvarez, EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD will delight audiences as its cast of three actors decide that rather than performing Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL for the umpteenth time, they instead choose to bundle-up the season with every Christmas story ever told… literally!  This special Playhouse production stars the award-winning and talented cast of Ben Bees, Michael Lombardo, and Anderson William, who miraculously capture every Christmas story, carol, and tradition from around the world, wrapping it all up with a beautiful holiday bow.  Taking audiences on Christmas visits to Australia, Iceland and more, this riotous mash-up of beloved holiday classics is sure to deck your halls and fill your stockings with all the Christmas goodies you need to make for a holly-jolly holiday.  Audiences be warned: if you see this hilarious comedy, you’ll never again watch A CHRISTMAS CAROL without laughing out loud!

New Playhouse director Rosemary Mallett, a ten-time Desert Theatre League award-winning director, brilliantly leads the play’s cast through parodies of beloved holiday classics by O. Henry, Charles Dickens, Charles Schulz, and Frank Capra.  “I’m very excited to be working at this beautiful and professionally staffed venue in Joshua Tree, creating an evening you will not soon forget!” stated Mallett.

EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (And Then Some!) plays November 30, December 1, 7, and 8, at 7:30 pm, and December 9 at 2:30 pm.  The play’s suggested rating is PG.  Audience members must be at least 5 years of age to attend.  Doors open one half-hour prior to each performance.  To purchase tickets or for more information, patrons may visit, visit the Hi-Desert Cultural Center box office in person Monday through Friday from 1pm-5pm, or call the box office at 760.366.3777.

The Hi-Desert Playhouse is a program of Hi-Desert Cultural Center.  The Hi-Desert Cultural Center is a GuideStar “Gold Status” non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the arts agency for the Joshua Tree National Park region.

PHOTO CAPTION (FROM LEFT): Award-winning actors Ben Bees, Anderson William, and Michael Lombardo rehearse for the upcoming Hi-Desert Playhouse comedy, EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME!), opening November 30 at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s Blak Box Theater.



With its multi-venue performing and visual arts centers located in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, California, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center (HDCC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation (Federal Tax ID# 23-7425816) that has been serving as the regional performing and visual arts organization and arts agency for the gateway communities of Joshua Tree National Park for more than 50 years.  The Cultural Center owns and operates its own performance venues and facilities and produces award-winning community and professional live theater, concerts, art exhibits and galleries, festivals, the Joshua Tree Philharmonic symphony orchestra, a master chorus, an artist residency for veterans, an extensive educational arts and technology academy program for youth and adults, and more.  The Cultural Center is the largest and oldest non-profit arts organization in the region with several million dollars in assets, employing over 30 full-time and part-time employees, and with an annual budget exceeding half-a-million dollars.  Having achieved GuideStar Gold status and recognized as an organization of artistic excellence by the National Endowment for the Arts, it instructs over 700 adults and youth weekly and operates a significant financial aid and scholarship program so that no children are turned away from programs due to their socioeconomic situation.  Learn more at:


GREAT NEWS FOR SEASON PACKAGE TICKET HOLDERS! Should your schedule change and you find yourself needing to attend a performance on a different date — if you give the Box Office at least 48 hours notice prior to your ticketed performance, management will attempt to exchange your ticket for a different performance of the same show!