Christmas is coming later than expected for the Serenity Academy of Performing Arts.

But as they say, the show must go on.

The Serenity Academy of Performing Arts, which trains students in dancing, singing and acting, will present a production of “The Christmas Debacle” on Saturday, Jan. 19.

The 90-minute show will be held at the North Park Recreation Center in Denham Springs, beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for children 5 years old and younger, and $13 for senior citizens 65 years and older.

Originally slated for December, the play was postponed for a month due to a scheduling conflict with the previous venue. After some last-minute scrambling, the show is finally ready — and it couldn’t be more appropriately named, joked co-owner Meg Walker.

“That’s why it’s called ‘The Christmas Debacle,’ Walker said, “because everything that could’ve went wrong, did go wrong.”

The play, which will feature 30 young actors from across Livingston Parish, is broken up into three separate acts.

Act I will focus on “The Gift of the Magi,” and it will include a ballet dance, a contemporary dance and a tap dance.

Act II, simply titled “Charlie Brown,” is a version of the beloved cartoon Christmas story and will feature acting as well as dancing.

Mayhem will ensue in Act III, when students will perform “Elf Uprising” — a humorous act in which a group of elves revolt against “a very bad Santa Claus.”

“The play is under the umbrella of Christmas, but the acts are separate stories,” said co-owner Daren Bourgeois. “The beginning will be more somber and sad, the second will be more uplifting, and the third will be strictly hilarious.”

‘The Christmas Debacle’

When: Saturday, Jan. 19, beginning at 6 p.m.

Where: North Park Recreation Center in Denham Springs

Admission: $18 for adults, $15 for children 5 and younger, $13 for senior citizens 65 and older


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