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A Christmas Cactus
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A CHRISTMAS CACTUS
Fun for the whole family!
Thu Dec 11 - Tue Dec 23, 2008

Christmas Eve is tough for private investigator Cactus O'Riley, a white hot redhead with the holiday blues ...
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Solstice Concert
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A SOLSTICE NIGHT EVENT
Ted Quinn's "Winter Wunderground"
Sun Dec 21, 2008

The Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council and the Hi-Desert Cultural Center are joining forces one evening ...
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Desert Stories
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DESERT STORIES
Sat Jan 24, 2009

Back by popular demand, Cheryl Montelle will host this popular spoken word fundraiser for the Hi-Desert Cultural ...
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A Handful of Nickels
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A HANDFUL OF NICKELS
Fri Jan 30 - Sat Jan 31, 2009

You won't want to miss this outrageous compilation of the funniest and best-loved comedy skits from burlesq ...
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BREAKING NEWS! – Santa to land sleigh "up on the rooftop" of Blak Box Theatre

KRIS KRINGLE GIFTS 7.1 SURROUND SOUND SYSTEM TO HI-DESERT CULTURAL CENTER


JOSHUA TREE, CA – Santa secretly arranged for the sound system on loan from YAMAHA to become a permanent feature of the new Blak Box Theatre located directly behind the Historic Playhouse. In an unusual move, Santa has committed to landing his sleigh directly “up on the the rooftop” of the Blak Box Theatre starting this Friday just prior to the last five performances of “A Christmas Cactus,” now showing at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center.

Cultural Center staff, over the last several days, have been frantically checking with building and safety codes to determine if the roof of the theatre can sustain the weight of Santa’s sleigh and all his reindeer. To keep everyone safe, Santa has requested that everyone remain safely seated inside the theatre as he performs his delicate aerial maneuvers. Audience members will be able to hear and feel all of the activities outside through use of the amazing new sound system that features seven 400 watt speakers and one 800 watt subwoofer. Since air traffic control has not yet given Santa permission to use the airspace prior to his regular Christmas run, it is possible, if not probable, that he will require a massive police escort and marine base helicopter assistance. Once safely atop the theatre, Santa will enter the theatre, briefly greet the audience, hand out candy canes to everyone and leave just in the “Saint Nick” of time prior to the opening of the show.

Unbeknownst to Cultural Center staff, Santa (often operating under the alias “Kris Kringle”) has been working under yet another alias at the theatre, specifically as one “Robert Spoecker,” volunteering as the Cultural Center’s official photographer for over three years. It was only recently that Cultural Center staff discovered his true identity, when he donated the speaker system.

This unusual gift caught the theatre by surprise as gifts normally appear on Christmas Day. However, when Santa heard that the theatre needed the sound system for it’s current show, “A Christmas Cactus,” he made an exception. North Pole public relations had no comment as to why Santa might deliver a present so far in advance to Christmas Day. According to an elf official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, many of the elves were concerned that such a move might create some sort of precedence that could not always be honored in the future.

“A Christmas Cactus” plays December 18-23, with Santa appearing December 19-23. All shows (Monday through Friday) at 8:00 p.m. except Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. and Matinee Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Presented in “surround sound” at the hi-tech Blak Box Theatre, located directly behind the historic Hi-Desert Playhouse at 61231 Hwy 62 in Joshua Tree, CA. Tickets are $14 adults and $12 seniors, military, and children. Group discounts are available. To order tickets, call the Box Office at 760-366-3777 to talk to a “live” person, or order tickets online at www.hidesertculturalcenter.com using the new, easy to use Vendini ticketing system.

 

 




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