Yuletide extravaganza features vintage Christmas TV specials in this festive mash-up

‘Christmas in Acidland’ at the Colonial Theatre through December

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 11:30am

Story Location:
163 High Street
Belfast, ME 04915
United States

    BELFAST — Does the onslaught of Christmas songs and TV commercials give you acid reflux? (If the answer is ‘No, I adore Christmas!’—move along). The cynics and the pagans now have something to look forward to when the Colonial Theatre in Belfast features Christmas in Acidland, all through December.

    Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers will appreciate the ironic compilation of vintage Christmas TV specials in this festive mash-up film featuring nostalgic nuggets from Bob Hope, Ernie Kovacs, Abbot and Costello, Rosemary Clooney, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Lawrence Welk with Outer Space Santa, Ricky Nelson, the Ronald Reagan family, Christmas on Monkey Mountain, Howdy Doody, Liberace,The Beverly Hillbillies, Louis Armstrong, Danny Kaye, David Bowie and Bing Crosby in duet, Joan Rivers, George Carlin and, finally, The Chipmunks.

    “A hand-made montage of the most shudderingly strange and awesomely revealing moments early television could offer… the damndest thing you ever saw!” – Boho Beat

    Compiled by mad genius/musician/actor/producer Johnny Legend, who lives in a bizarre cultural vortex, spurring him to create an endless series of underworld sideshows, this yuletide extravaganza offers musical interludes, animated shorts and — that staple of vintage television — the comedic sketch performed before a live audience.

    “We were just looking for something a bit different, but still festive to share with our patrons,” said Therese Bagnardi, Colonial Theatre’s co-owner. “There are people like myself who were kids at that time, and the generation of my folks, who all remember the era fondly and would get a kick out of seeing these performers again. Then there's the popularity of mid-century America (i.e. current young hipsters appreciating the martini and skinny ties, the popularity of show like Mad Men and design by those such as the Eames having renewed appeal. So this slice of the three-network entertainment worlds may intrigue many.”


    Four evening showtimes are planned — Tuesdays, Dec. 3 and Dec. 17, at 6:45 p.m., Wednesdays, Dec. 11 and 18, at 7 p.m. Admissions are $8.25 for adults, $7.25 for seniors and $5.25 for children. More showings may be scheduled, depending on its popularity. Wear your Santa hat, holiday tie or Christmas corsage.

    For more information on Johnny Legend and this film visit: spectacletheater.com.

    Kay Stephens can be contacted at news@penbaypilot.com.