BTE Christmas special offers school matinees

BLOOMSBURG – The Alvina Krause Theatre will be filled with the sounds of school students in the audience and on stage when Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents “A Very Special Christmas Special.”

Eight special school matinees for the special are set for 10 a.m. Dec. 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19.

Schools are encouraged to call soon as matinees fill quickly; one already is sold out and others are nearing capacity.

It’s 1967, and Andy Billiams is hosting his annual Technicolor Christmas Television Spectacular live from the little town of Bloomsburg.

Comedy sketches, original songs, dance numbers and one-of-a-kind local commercials abound in this funny and heartwarming musical variety show that takes a nostalgic look at the television culture in a simpler time.

School groups will be an active part of the “TV studio” audience. Students may also find themselves on the “set” and part of the show.

In addition to the students in the audience, students also will be on stage.

Two casts of young actors from area schools share the performances of “A Very Special Christmas Special.”

BTE’s school matinees include the full-length mainstage production of “A Very Special Christmas Special” as well as a unique behind-the-scenes peek at the show. After each matinee, students are invited to meet the cast.

To make a reservation for one of these special matinees or for more information about all of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s programs for students, contact Paula Henry, BTE’s school programs director, at 570-458-4075 or, or visit