Year after year, it's a bit of a battle to produce shining new Christmas theater, said Krys Bailey of Le Chat Noir.
"The scripts, they're sappy or too saccharine or just tired," he said.
Not this year. Le Chat Noir plays host to an original variety show, celebrating not only the holiday season but also the range of talent in Augusta.
Uncle Dickie's Holiday Extravaganza , created by local theater veteran Richard Justice, begins Dec. 4.
The show's name stems from Justice's own alter ego, the name nieces and nephews call him at Christmas. "Plus, it's just a fun title," he said.
The theater in downtown Augusta will play host to a variety of acts. Peter Powlus will tap dance; Jessica Bailey recruited dancers from three studios for the show; and Justice himself will appear as Uncle Dickie.
"It's certainly going to be an original," Krys Bailey said.
With nearly 50 performers, the show's lineup will change each night, but each performance will showcase at least 15 to 20 performers, Justice said.
"There's going to be some really wide variety. There are classical pieces, like Ave Maria , right up to Santa Baby ," Justice said.
"If you don't like one act, no worry. You'll like the next."
The Schrodinger's Cat improv group will lead the audience in games and song.
"It's interactive and festive," Justice said. "Where else can people sing along in the theater to the dreidel song?"