The reindeer tell all regarding the real Kris Kringle

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All those rumors you've heard about Santa and the elves? About Rudolph's little secret? About Vixen's story that was leaked to the press? The bucks and does tell their side, and it’s not always pretty. This is a holiday show with attitude!

Music Valley Event Center continues its newly launched "After Dark" series of shows with The Eight: Reindeer Monologues by Jeff Goode, which features eight actors as Santa's reindeer dishing about the real Kris Kringle.

Directed by Nashville theater regulars Zach Parker and Angela Gimlin, this late night offering at Music Valley Event Center includes a menagerie of Nashville’s best and brightest performers.  “I think people are going to be impressed, but also a bit shocked about this very non-traditional telling of Santa and his eight tiny reindeer,” says Gimlin, who admits this is her first stint as a director. O&AN readers may be familiar with Gimlin, who regularly provided weekly recaps from the most recent two seasons of the Nashville TV show (and will return when the show resumes on CMT). She has spent the last ten years acting, and thinks this is a fitting production for her directorial debut. “I have Zach, who has directed before, to tell me what to do and when I am messing up,” she says with a laugh.

With Parker taking the role of the flamboyant Cupid and Gimlin portraying the saucy Vixen, the cast also includes Andrea Michelle Crowe as unwavering Blitzen, Austin Jeffrey Smith playing Dasher (the leader), Michael Rex as the loyal to a fault Comet, David Williams in the heartbreaking role of Donner, Kathryn Sutton as rattled reindeer Dancer and Matt Smith as the arrogant "Hollywood" (Prancer).

The show, which is for 18+, opens November 26th, 2016 and plays every Friday and Saturday night at Music Valley Event Center through December 17th. Doors open at 10 PM and all performances begin at 10:30 PM. Beer, wine and snacks will be available for purchase. Dinners are not offered. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by calling Music Valley Event Center at 615-902-9566. Patrons may also purchase tickets at the door. Music Valley Event Center is located at 2416 Music Valley Drive, Suite 150. Opryland seasonal traffic is heavy, so patrons are advised to allow extra travel time. More details about the show and other Music Valley Event Center productions are available at




Photo: David Williams, Angela Gimlin, Matt Smith, and Zach Parker photographed by PLC Photography