A Tuna Christmas 2015

A Tuna Christmas
by Ed Howard, Joe Sears, and Jaston Williams

December 17 – 20
The Fine Arts Theatre
on the campus of Bishop McNamara High School
6800 Marlboro Pike
Forestville, MD 20747

It’s the holiday season in Tuna, Texas, the third-smallest town in the Lone Star State, and two actors bring over twenty memorable characters to life in this hilarious and heartwarming play.

Read the 4.5-star review on Theater Bloom that calls PRT’s A TUNA CHRISTMAS “a real winner!”

Production Photos:

Artistic Team
Pay What You Will Preview
A Tuna Christmas Playlist


Thursday, December 17 at 7:30 pmPay What You Will Preview – tickets only available at the door!
Friday, December 18 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 19 at 2pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, December 20 at 2pm and 7:30pm


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At the Door Tickets – $20
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Pre-Sale Price – $15

All seating is reserved

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In A Tuna Christmaswe get a snapshot of the Yuletide activities of the many eccentric denizens of Tuna, from a highly contentious Christmas Yard Display Contest threatened by the vandalism of the mysterious “Christmas Phantom”; to a production of A Christmas Carol seemingly doomed by an overdue electric bill. We meet Bertha Bumiller, doing her best to hold her family together during the holidays; Didi Snavely, the owner of Didi’s Used Weapons; Vera Carp, leader of the Smut Snatchers of the New Order; and Inita Goodwin and Helen Bedd, best friends and waitresses at the Tastee Kreme; among many others!

This play is full of merriment and Texas-sized cheer; both a loving homage and a biting satire of small-town Texas.

Featuring Thomas DiSalvo and Dillon DiSalvo

Directed by Frank DiSalvo Jr.

A TUNA CHRISTMAS is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes long, including intermission.

A Tuna Christmas contains some language and suggestive material. It may not be appropriate for young children. Please see our content guide for more information.

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Artistic Team


Dillon DiSalvo as

Dillon DiSalvo HeadshotArles Struvie
Didi Snavely
Petey Fisk
Jody Bumiller
Charlene Bumiller
Stanley Bumiller
Vera Carp
Dixie Deberry
Helen Bedd
Farley Burkhalter
Garland Poteet

Thomas DiSalvo as

Thomas DiSalvoThurston Wheelis
Elmer Watkins
Bertha Bumiller
R.R. Snavely
Aunt Pearl Burras
Sheriff Givens
Ike Thompson
Inita Goodwin
Leonard Childers
Phoebe Burkhalter
Joe Bob Lipsey

Read an interview with the cast on DC Metro Theater Arts!

Director – Frank DiSalvo Jr.
Set – Frank DiSalvo Jr. and Ember DiSalvo
Lighting – Grant Hill
Costumes – Ember DiSalvo and Thomas DiSalvo
Sound – Frank DiSalvo Jr.
Stage Manager – Allison Frisch

Quick-Change Artist – Kathryn Barrett-Gaines
Christmas Tree Wrangler – Emberlein DiSalvo
Quick-Change Artist – Kevin Glotfelty
Live Sound Operator – Elizabeth Jolly

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A TUNA CHRISTMAS will be performing at the 238-seat Fine Arts Theater located on the campus of Bishop McNamara High School. The address is 6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747.

To get to the Fine Arts Building, enter campus and go through the gate to the parking lot behind the main school building. The Fine Arts building is on the other side of the parking lot as you enter the gate.

All seats are reserved for A TUNA CHRISTMAS. Click below to view the seating chart:

Bishop McNamara Fine Arts Theater Seating Chart
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Pay What You Will Preview

The preview on Thursday, December 17 is Pay What You Will — that means just what you think it does! Get a ticket for whatever you’re willing to pay, whether it’s twenty dollars or two dollars. Tickets for the preview are only available at the door starting thirty minutes before the performance; tickets may only be purchased with cash or check, exact change only. Seating is general admission for the preview.

We suggest $10 for a ticket to the preview, but hey, we won’t give you too hard of a time if you want to pay less! But Vera Carp might, we never know what she might say…

How is a preview different from “official” performances?
Being a preview, the production will be mostly performance-ready, but there may be a few technical kinks that the production team is still working out, and in very rare circumstances the performance may need to be stopped temporarily to work on technical issues. However, for the most part, what you will see will be the same as the “official” performance.

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A Tuna Christmas Playlist

Enjoy this Spotify playlist of Christmas tunes (country, folk, and more) that you might hear in Tuna, Texas during the holidays! We’ll be updating it periodically as we find more Christmas gems. You will need a free Spotify account to listen to this playlist.

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