Information provided by the Center for Visual and Performing Arts
MUNSTER, Ind. (November 23, 2021) – After a sold-out run in December 2020, author and newspaper columnist Phil Potempa has reunited again with his longtime editor Crista Zivanovic to perform a Charles Dickens dinner show at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts. The show will have five performances in 2021 as the highlight of the December holiday events at the arts venue.
The lobby landscape showcasing the Festival of the Trees, featuring more than 20 themed and decorated trees throughout the atrium space, is also open during performances and for display through January 2, 2022.
Schedule of performances
“Dickens’ Christmas Carol Dinner Show” has performances December 2-6 produced by Joe Trama and Trama Events and Catering. Advance reservations are required for the event.
For lunch matinee shows, doors open at 11:30 a.m., lunch is served at noon and dessert and show start at 12:45 p.m. For the dinner and show option, doors open at 6:30 p.m., dinner is served at 7 p.m., with dessert and show starting at 7:45 p.m. There are both lunch and dinner performances Thursday, December 2 and Sunday, December 5 and an additional lunch show on Monday, December 6.
In the ballroom at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, guests will enjoy a plated meal themed with the 55-minute holiday stage program. Both lunch and dinner date options are available. The cash bar includes festive specialty holiday cocktails such as egg nog (with hint of brandy), sparkling poinsettia (champagne flute with a splash of cranberry juice) and a festive rum punch — all $9 each.
“Dickens’ Christmas Carol Dinner Show” stars Potempa and Zivanovic seated on a stage in the ballroom where guests see everything unfolding from their table seats during a fast-paced 55-minute show salute to Charles Dickens’ holiday classic “A Christmas Carol.” The two performers use their range of vocals to portray all of more than two dozen characters featured in the story.
The lunch menu includes English Pub broccoli cheese soup, London’s Parkerhouse rolls and butter, Mr. Marley’s ghostly good roasted herb chicken breast, sage and onion dressing and cranberry applesauce, Mrs. Cratchit’s homestyle mashed potatoes, Tiny Tim’s Corn O’Brien and for dessert, Ghost of Christmas Past’s vanilla bean ice cream with peppermint candy cane accent. The dinner ticket option has English Pub broccoli cheese soup, Bob Crachit’s garden salad, roasted herb chicken breast, sage and onion dressing and cranberry applesauce, Mrs. Cratchit’s homestyle mashed potatoes, Tiny Tim’s Corn O’Brien, London’s Parkerhouse rolls and butter and for dessert, Ghost of Christmas Present’s English trifle.
Tickets are $35 plus tax for the lunch show and $45 plus tax for the dinner show.
To reserve tickets to any of the December CVPA events, call the Special Events Office at 219-836-1930, ext. 2 or visit www.cvpa.org.
The Center for Visual and Performing Arts is located at 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, IN.