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Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2009 by Pat Gaik

Conklin’s Rings in the Holidays with Music and Laughter

Conklin’s Barn II Dinner Theatre is very excited to announce the opening of their first-ever holiday revue of music and comedy, “We Need a Little Christmas” opening Thursday, November 12 and playing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches through January 3, 2010 with extra performances on Wednesdays December 2, 9 and 16 and two special performances on New Year’s Eve December 31.

“We Need a Little Christmas” is a fantastic, sparkling evening of song, dance and comedy that will be perfect for holiday parties and family gatherings alike. Filled with the best in Christmas classics as well as holiday music from film, television and Broadway, the evening will feature songs such as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Home for the Holidays,” “Let’s Start the New Year Right,” and, of course, “We Need a Little Christmas,” to name just a few. A special segment of holiday comedy songs including “All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth,” “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” and a special appearance by the Chipmunks, will delight children of all ages. An outrageously hilarious version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” will have the audience rolling with laughter. And the audience will get involved in the action with a Christmas trivia game show and a special guest Santa will take part at every performance.

Director Mary Simon leads a cast of the Barn’s best musical comedy performers including Dan and Tamra Challacombe, Pat Gaik, Chad Kirvan, Dave Windsor and Diann Thompson.

The production is choreographed by Tamra Challacombe and Chad Kirvan serves as musical director. Set design is by Tom Weber, technical direction is by April Wyant, and publicity is by Pat Gaik. Conklin’s Barn II is known for its delicious buffet which, on evening performances, includes four main entrees featuring the Barn’s renowned prime rib and fried chicken, with salad, homemade soup and cheese spread, and a choice of four taste-tempting, homemade desserts. Prices for dinner and show are $33.00 on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, $35.00 on Friday evening and Sunday brunch, and $37.00 on Saturday evening, including tax. No advance payment is required. Conklin’s is also BYOB for wine, beer or cocktails. Glasses, ice and ice buckets are provided at no extra charge. For reservations, call the box office at 309-965-2545. For more information, visit the Barn on the internet at

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  1. Melanie |

    Okay, I'm not seeing any moose knuckle in that hippo costume, Pat, so I take it you're wearing a dance belt?

  2. Stacy |

    I cant WAIT to see this!!!

  3. Anonymous |

    I too am very excited. It will be here sooner then we know.


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