From a Tony award winning play to a fantastic evening of Christmas music, the Pauls Valley Arts Council is ready to end 2005 in style.

“The PVAC has had a great year,” said Jeff Shultz, president. “And the three events we are planning for this fall and winter will put a finishing touch on what we have accomplished this year.”

First on the arts calendar is the widely acclaimed “Story Theatre,” a two-act comedy/drama written by noted playwright Paul Sills.

“Story Theatre” will be the third theatrical production for the PVAC and its theatrical troupe the Not Quite Ready For Broadway Players.

The play is broken up into eight vignettes based on Aesop’s Fables and the Brother’s Grimm Fairy Tales with each scene — four per act — telling a different story.

“‘Story Theatre’ is simply the stories you loved as children, you will love as an adult,” said Tim Smith, director.

The play evokes humor, nostalgia and suspense to tell the stories and fairy tales, Smith noted.

Performances will be November 17-20 at the Pauls Valley High School Auditorium with nightly performances at 7:30 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night and two matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Cast members include Clay Burkholder, Derek Reed, Zac Brumley, Karen Chatham, Vera Thacker, Samantha Cozort, Matt Nicholson, Shannon Myers and Amber Bolinger.

Advance ticket sales will begin Nov. 1 at the Pauls Valley Chamber of Commerce office. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.

Shortly after “Story Theatre” will be the premiere event of the year for the PVAC, a Christmas Pops Concert by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

“This will be the first time the Oklahoma City Philharmonic to appear in Pauls Valley,” Shultz said. “We are extremely excited about this event.”

Under the direction of Joel Levine, the concert will feature the Philharmonic’s selection of time-honored Christmas music. The concert will also be at the PVHS Auditorium and is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 14.

Advance tickets will be $20 and $15 with special discounts for senior citizens and students. Tickets at the door will be $25 and $20.

Advance ticket sales will begin Nov. 14 at the Pauls Valley Chamber of Commerce office and tickets will also be available prior to each performance of “Story Theatre.”

The 2005 arts calendar will end with the first annual “Fizziwig’s New Year’s Eve Party.”

“Fizziwig was a character in Charles Dickens’ ‘Christmas Carol.’ He was Scrooge’s old boss who knew how to celebrate the holidays in grand style,” Shultz said.

“We want to provide a great evening of entertainment, dancing and fun as we ring in the new year and look forward to 2006,” Shultz added.

Fizziwig’s New Year’s Eve Party will begin at 8 p.m., Dec. 31, at the Bosa Community Center. No alcoholic beverages will be allowed, Shultz noted.

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