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A Tuna Christmas

by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard


December 10-12 & 17-19, 2021


“So funny it could make a racoon laugh affectionately at Davy Crockett […] It’s far too good for just Christmas.” – New York Post

Twenty-two characters, dozens of costume changes, and two actors. A Tuna Christmas features the fictional town of Tuna, Texas with Arles and Thurston narrating the action from their 275-watt radio station. Bertha Bumiller and her three kids, Didi Snavely and her used weapons, Petey Fisk and his stray animals of all kinds, Pearl Burras and her murderous ways (blue jays), and Vera Carp, head of the Obscene Committee of the Smut Snatchers of the New Order  ̶  all have their moments. Who will win the Christmas decorating contest? Will Arles and Bertha’s budding romance bloom? And who is the mysterious Christmas Phantom, who has “wreaked havoc in the greater Tuna area for years?” Sit back and relax. All will be revealed. Family Friendly (PG).


Friday, December 10, 2021- 7:30 PM

Saturday, December 11, 2021- 7:30 PM

Sunday, December 12, 2021- 3:00 PM

Friday, December 17, 2021- 7:30 PM

Saturday, December 18, 2021- 7:30 PM

Sunday, December 19, 2021- 3:00 PM


Kurt Miller has been knocking around the theatre for 52 years. He has performed selections from Phantom of the Opera at Orchestra Hall in Detroit, for Battle Creek’s Midnight at the Creek New Year Celebration, and characters as diverse as Sir Thomas More, Oscar Madison, Mozart, Nicely-Nicely Johnson, and German Guard No. 3 in Stalag 17. He appeared as Garry Essendine in this season’s production of Present Laughter. He has directed several Bay City Players productions, most recently the 2019 production of Cabaret. His wife, Judy, is retired from Delta College, directs the Food of Faith program in Bay City, is secretary of the Bay City Players Board of Directors, and has tolerated Kurt’s many personalities for nearly 50 years. They have two grown daughters, and enjoy their four grandsons, travel, golf, and games with friends.


Larry and his wife Kelly recently celebrated their 34th anniversary and are the proud parents of three grown sons. Retired from teaching for the Midland Public Schools, Larry is a high school football referee who had the opportunity to work the Division 5, 2019 State Final at Ford Field, works part time as a substitute teacher and is a part of the care team at Skorupski Family Funeral Homes. Kelly is a special education teacher in Midland.  Larry has performed in shows at the Midland Center for the Arts and Bay City Players in the musicals, Crazy for You, Alfie Dolittle in My Fair Lady, and most recently, as Daddy Warbucks in Annie. Larry and Kelly were also fortunate to direct and choreograph with Leeds Bird and Kevin Cole in the 2021 summer Friendship Shell production of “Godspell”.

COVID-19 Policy- Face Coverings Required

All Patrons, Volunteers, Staff are required to wear face coverings while indoors in the building at Bay City Players except:

  • When actively eating or drinking
  • Child is under 2 years of age
  • A person with a disability who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, for reasons related to the disability
  • Actors on stage during a performance.