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Christmas Jubilee is Live@TheRudy

Family-friendly shows begin Nov. 2 in Selma

Posted on October 26, 2021

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Spook Joyner  is ready for another season of Christmas shows at The Rudy.

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Spook Joyner is ready for another season of Christmas shows at The Rudy.

The Rudy gets an early start on the holidays with "Christmas Jubilee" starting Nov. 2.

Contributed photo

The Rudy gets an early start on the holidays with "Christmas Jubilee" starting Nov. 2.

Spook Joyner  is ready for another season of Christmas shows at The Rudy.

Contributed photo

Spook Joyner is ready for another season of Christmas shows at The Rudy.

The Rudy gets an early start on the holidays with "Christmas Jubilee" starting Nov. 2.

Contributed photo

The Rudy gets an early start on the holidays with "Christmas Jubilee" starting Nov. 2.

The Rudy gets an early start on the holidays with "Christmas Jubilee" starting Nov. 2.
Spook Joyner  is ready for another season of Christmas shows at The Rudy.

SELMA — After last year’s break from a live show due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the “Christmas Jubilee — Live@TheRudy” is back this year to entertain thousands at the Rudy Theatre. The Rudy Theatre is offering 43 Christmas Jubilee shows, including matinee and evening performances, beginning on Nov. 2.

This will be the Christmas Jubilee’s 23rd year, but Rudy Theatre owner and show producer Spook Joyner guarantees that no two years are the same.

“Obviously, there is a Christmas theme and a basic outline for each year’s show,” Joyner said. “But there are bunch of different arrangements of Christmas songs, and we change it up every year. We change the decor on stage, change outfits, songs and their arrangements, and the comedic skits are different. 

That’s right. In addition to music and choreography, there is comedy interspersed throughout the two 45-minute sets. A character named Fuzzy Fiddlefoot comes on stage as different characters telling Christmas-themed jokes for about three minutes per sketch.

“This is a down home jubilee Christmas show,” Joyner said. “And it’s definitely family friendly.”

Attending the Christmas Jubilee has become an annual family tradition for many.

“We have families who have come for 20 years,” Joyner said. “The grandparents may have passed away, but their children now bring their own children.”

Large groups and bus tour groups usually come early in the season, while smaller groups and families tend to visit closer to Christmas. 

Joyner said the musicians and performers have been working on this year’s show since late September, working on costumes, blocking, lighting, musical arrangements and rehearsing the entire show. He says that all adds up to the “wow factor” people leave with after attending a show at the Rudy Theatre.

“People seem to expect less and then come out saying, ‘I wasn’t expecting that,’” Joyner said. “People come to the Rudy from all over the United States and all over the world who are visiting the area and are amazed at the talent. I had one extremely well-dressed visitor tell me, ‘When the lights went off, I felt that I was in New York. There is no difference in the quality of the shows.’ So we can definitely promise a wow factor.”

Joyner knows there is still some hesitancy in going to shows as the country still combats COVID-19 but promises that the staff of the Rudy keeps their audiences’ health in mind.

“We want people to feel safe and be safe,” Joyner said. “Before and after every show we spray a solution in the theater that disinfects but does not harm our visitors in any way.”

Wearing a mask to a performance is up to the individual, Joyner said.

This holiday season, Joyner wants to send a personal message to Rudy visitors.

“I’m very thankful that people are still attending the shows at the Rudy,” Joyner said. “I want to thank each and every person who has attended a show for coming out and supporting us.”

For “Christmas Jubilee — Live@TheRudy” show dates, times and ticket information, visit www.rudytheatre.com or call 1-877-THE-RUDY. The Rudy Theatre is located at 300 N. Raiford St., Selma.

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