JR. Sullivan’s Hometown Holiday, one of Rockford’s favorite holiday traditions, will make its final curtain call December 13-15 in the Sullivan Theater of the Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St. The seasonal variety show, featuring storytelling, comedy and holiday and popular songs, will mark its 25th anniversary with this production.
Former Rockford resident, E. Faye Butler, will return to join the cast of regional and local musicians and actors including Shawn Wallace, Randy Sabien, Megon McDonough, Marcella Rose-Sciotto, Kayla Carter, Linda Abronski, Stephen F. Vrtol, Lydia Berger Gray, Daniel Patrick Sullivan and Jeff Christian. J. R. Sullivan, founder of the former New American Theater, produces Hometown Holiday and closes the show with an all-new Rockford story.
“Hometown Holiday has been nothing less than a joy to prepare and perform every year since our first show in 1994, says Sullivan. “Rockford is my hometown. Rockford gave me my start in theater, from a brilliant time at Boylan High School, through my education with great teachers at nearby Beloit College, and then with the establishment of the New American Theater in 1972. Rockford has always stayed with me as my theater work continued in Chicago, New York and theaters nationwide. It has always been my hope that Hometown Holiday would be a way for me to give thanks to Rockford every holiday season,” Sullivan adds. “Indeed, so many contributors and thousands of audience members have loved our show and made it an annual holiday tradition for 25 years. This grand finale is to honor that great audience, the audience that gave me—and every one of my fellow artists—their applause and their love.”
In honor of its 25th anniversary, Hometown Holiday tickets will be $25 until December 10, and $30 after that date. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14, and 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 15. A reception with cast members will be held after the Saturday evening show. Show and reception tickets are $35. For more information, www.jrsullivanhometownholiday.com and Eventbrite.com.