‘The Santaland Diaries’ comes to Bardo Arts Center on Dec. 7-9

National Public Radio comedian David Sedaris’ holiday comedy “The Santaland Diaries” will be performed at Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Dec. 7, through Saturday, Dec. 9.

Each performance will feature a pre-show reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Bardo Arts Center atrium featuring hors d’oeuvres and two free drinks, followed by the show at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre. It is presented by WCU’s College of Fine and Performing Arts, School of Stage and Screen, and the Bardo Arts Center.

The show is based on WCU alumnus Sedaris’ autobiographical essays, “The Santaland Diaries,” which were adapted for stage by Joe Mantello. The play stars Crumpet, who recounts the true-life tale of an out-of-work writer’s stint at a Macy’s department store, working in Santaland for the holiday season as a reluctant, but cheerful, elf. Crumpet shares his observations from one chaotic December, which features aggressive parents, drunken Santas, flirtatious actors and poor hygiene.

The performance stars local actor Colin Wasmund as well as student actors Ryan Albinus, Callista Brown and Helen Miller. Tickets are $30 and include the pre-show reception. Each show also will have a “Parents Night Out” opportunity where parents can drop their children off with the WCU School of Art and Design’s Art Education Club for an evening of holiday-themed art and treats. The cost is $15 per student, with 40 spots per evening available.

For more ticket information, visit arts.wcu.edu/santaland, go by the Bardo Arts Center box office or call the box office at 828-227-2479.