A little Christmas Chickie Cheer

McBrayer bringing characters back to Baldwyn for holiday shows

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Christy McBrayer is bringing her cast of characters back to the Claude Gentry Theatre in Baldwyn for a Christmas-themed sequel to “Southern Fried Chickie.” News photo/Jason Collum

BALDWYN – With the great response to the Mississippi premier of “Southern Fried Chickie” earlier this year, Christy McBrayer found out you actually can go home again.

Now, area residents who found themselves wanting to hear more from the characters introduced in McBrayer’s one-woman show will have the opportunity to do just that. Tickets are on sale now for “Southern Fried Chickie Christmas,” to be performed at 7 p.m. nightly December 5-7 at the Claude Gentry Theatre in Baldwyn. Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com (click here). There will be a few new characters and a few twists and turns in store to bring more laughs. It also continues the theme of art imitating life for McBrayer and her own return to her hometown of Saltillo.

There will be a few new characters and a few twists and turns in store to bring more laughs. It also continues the theme of art imitating life for McBrayer and her own return to her hometown of Saltillo.

“She (Chickie) comes back at Christmas time and she starts maybe possibly thinking that her family might need her more than she thought,” McBrayer said. “There are reasons for that at Christmas time. It’s a follow-up visit. Things aren’t going as well for her. You know, with her last movie role she winds up on the cutting room floor. Her commercial quit running. Her musician boyfriend, she’s sick of him. He’s mooching and she just she wants to come back and visit and she’s kind of down and then there might be a little cliffhanger for the next show.”

The show will be Christmas themed all the way around, with new music and a new band backing McBrayer. Musicians Chance Moore and Trey Stanford will be the new sound for holiday favorites that are being implemented into the production.

“We’re doing songs from everything from ‘Christmas in Dixie’ to ‘Blue Christmas’ to ‘Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,’” McBrayer said. 

Though she can’t give away too many details on the new show, McBrayer said those who enjoyed the premier will find a lot to like in the follow-up. The warm reception given to her earlier this year is part of the reasoning for her bringing the show back to Baldwyn.

“I could not have been more thrilled,” McBrayer said about her return to Mississippi. “I will say flat out that the professionalism of Amye Gousset and Clark Richey has been absolutely amazing. I’ve worked with some major pros in other cities and I’ve worked with some that weren’t so much and they (Gousset and Richey) are as top-notch as it gets. The audiences – I could not have been more thrilled. We sold out three shows and an encore performance. What a welcome home for Southern Fried Chickie in Baldwyn, Mississippi.”

McBrayer had the opportunity this year to present the show in Tupelo at the Link Centre to raise funds for the Dr. R.B. Robison Educational Resource Center in Saltillo, which is near and dear to her heart.

“I grew up there and my father was an educator,” she said. “Education’s always been important to me and especially for my hometown and people who put that together. The show was very successful. We raised some good money for it and had a good turnout for it. I’ve just been thrilled that I had a lot of people to come back to the show.”

Order tickets for the Christmas program now. An encore presentation is not planned at this time.