Annual original variety show marks 20th Anniversary in 2012


Santa joins Deb Wims and Kenny Shepard as they co-host A Beef & Boards Christmas on stage now through Dec. 23. (Photos provided by Patricia Rettig)

This holiday season is even more merry and bright as Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre celebrates the 20th Anniversary of its original Christmas show this year. Gather family and friends and join in the fun with Santa himself at A Beef & Boards Christmas 2012, live on stage now through Dec. 23.

A Beef & Boards Christmas is a true variety show with heartwarming songs, stories and dance, celebrating all that makes the holidays special. Skilled singers and dancers in beautiful holiday costumes perform on a stage flanked by twinkling Christmas trees. A Beef & Boards Christmas includes a live Nativity, a salute to the military, and special segments to entertain all ages.

Kenny Shepard of Fishers and Deb Wims of Indianapolis, who have become an integral part of the history of A Beef & Boards Christmas, return as hosts. Beef & Boards proudly announces that Jayson Elliott, Sarah Hund and John Vessels, from the Smoke on the Mountain series, will be the featured singers, as they were in 2011. Sarah also lends her skills on the violin.

Eight-year-old Olivia McKenna of Roachdale and 10-year-old Ethan Holder of Indianapolis also return from the 2011 production. Making her debut at Beef & Boards as the fourth featured singer is Courtney M. Cleveland.

Tickets range from $37 to $60 and include Chef Odell Ward’s holiday dinner buffet offering carved turkey and all the trimmings, a fruit and salad bar, and unlimited coffee and tea.

Ethan Holder of Indianapolis and Olivia McKenna of Roachdale (Photos provided by Patricia Rettig)

Special limited run of A Christmas Carol

In time for the holidays and on select dates only, Beef & Boards presents its special one-hour production of the classic Charles Dickens story, A Christmas Carol. Enhanced with music, the timeless tale is live on stage Friday to Dec. 18.

Ebenezer Scrooge (Jeff Stockberger) is a miserly businessman whose bitterness has increased with age. He cares little for the needs of his fellow man, preferring to keep money in his pocket rather than coal on the fire. His employee, Bob Cratchit, faithfully endures the ongoing chill from both his workplace and his boss. Faithfully, he keeps Scrooge in his prayers even through his own family is struggling to survive on the meager salary he earns. The health of Cratchit’s young son, Tiny Tim, is as poor as the family is financially, but Scrooge’s heart is unmoved and his coffers remain unopened.

Scrooge’s inhumanity becomes so intense that it stirs the spirit of his late business partner, Jacob Marley, who appears to him on Christmas Eve. Marley tells Scrooge he will be visited by three more spirits, and advises to heed the messages they bring. The ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come then appear to Scrooge in succession – reminding him of what was, pointing out what is, and showing him what will be should he continue on his present path. Not only will his life be quickly forgotten if he maintains his miserly ways, but those around him face hardships that he could have easily prevented.

Beef & Boards presents just eight performances of this one-hour version of A Christmas Carol in its intimate setting. Tickets range from $22 to $32, which includes Chef Odell Ward’s holiday buffet and the show.

For reservations to either show, call 872-9664. For the complete show schedules, visit


The Basics

What: A Beef & Boards Christmas 2012

When: Now through Dec. 23

Weekday/Saturday Evenings: Doors open at 6 p.m.; Buffet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Show at 8 p.m.

Weekday Matinees: Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; Buffet from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Show at 1 p.m.

Sunday Evenings: Doors open at 5 p.m.; Buffet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Show at 7 p.m.

Saturday/Sunday Matinees: Doors open at noon; Buffet from 12:15 to 1 p.m.; Show at 1:30 p.m.

Who: Kenny Shepard, Deb Wims, Jayson Elliott, Sarah Hund, John Vessels, Courtney M. Cleveland, Ethan Holder, Olivia McKenna, Darrell T. Joe, Stephen Barnowski, Monique LeFlore, Karen Webb, Lauren Morgan, Sally Scharbrough, Diane Schwan, Natalee Cooney and Mark Fishback. The show is directed by Eddie Curry.

Where: Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, 9301 N. Michigan Rd., Indianapolis

Tickets:                $37 to $60 and are available by calling 872-9664 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays. Parking is free.