Christmas, country and a little Heehaw humor come to Pratt for two shows on December 2.
Keyboards, poetry readings, jokes and plenty of Christmas songs are promised by members of the Wilmore Opry, scheduled to perform in Pratt on Saturday, December 2 at the Barron Theater downtown.
"My experience with these shows is that you never want it to end," said Executive Director Linda Winter. "It's just awesome, good fun."
Tickets to the two shows are free with doors opening at 1:30 p.m. for the 2 p.m. show, and again at 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. show.
"This is the first time we are trying two shows in one day here," said Winter. "We have people who want to drive in and we are limited in seating, so we want to make sure there is a chance to accommodate them all."
Tickets are available at the Barron Theater or at the Pratt Tribune office, white tickets for the afternoon performance, red tickets for the evening show.
"We have 14 performers lined up and it should be a very entertaining program," Winter said.
Tammy Thimesch of Pratt is one of the entertainers and she plans to play her violin and sing. She could be accompanied by a bassist or guitarist as well. Other performers include Rick Schiff (Martina McBride's cousin), a keyboarder who also performs regularly in Branson, Missouri and Myrna Baumgartner from Coldwater who mimics Minnie Pearl off the famed Heehaw television show with jokes and anecdotes that are sure to have the audience laughing.
Wendy Monroe and Steve Dargel from Greensburg sing and offer a different perspective on holiday humor, while emcee Venita Blundell keeps the action moving with an Irma Bombeck-type of attitude. Special musicians include a very talented 8-year-old girl and a band of four women from Branson, South Haven and Wichita who travel around the states year-round performing.
"I told them all to use their own judgement on what to put in their acts," Winter said. "There will be a lot of Christmas, but it's going to be a wide, wide variety."
Winter said Martina McBride had sang with the Wilmore Opry group on 10 occasions but she did not think she would be part of the Pratt engagement.
"We never know for sure if she will join us until she does," Winter said. "She likes to keep it a secret like that."
Tickets will also be available at the door, unless they are sold out first, Winter said. There are limited seats and though tickets are free, audience members must have one in hand to get in to the theater. Names and phone numbers are required with ticket reservations.