Childsplay Theatre presents a brand new holiday musical, A Very Hairy Javelina Holiday

Childsplay Theatre presents a brand new holiday musical, A Very Hairy Javelina Holiday

(Tempe, Ariz.) The holidays are right around the corner and what better way for Arizona families to celebrate than with a southwestern-style musical about the Three Little Javelinas? This holiday season, Josefina is preparing to dance the Sugar Plum Hairy, while Juan works on baking the perfect cookie for Santa, and José just hopes it might snow in the desert. But everyone’s plans are turned upside down when Cousin Angelina and a tricky coyote show up!

This brand new musical based on the book “A Very Hairy Christmas” by local author Susan Lowell is sure to delight Arizona families. Performances of A Very Hairy Javelina Holiday will be held at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, November 19 through December 24, 2016, Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. Tickets start at $12 and are on sale now at or at the Tempe Center for the Arts Box Office (480) 350-2822 (ext. 2). The play is recommended for ages 5 and up.

A Very Hairy Javelina Holiday is an all-new musical that celebrates the holidays, family and friends,” said Director Dwayne Hartford. “Everyone learns that there’s no such thing as a perfect holiday. And no matter how you celebrate, or whatever problems might occur, the holidays are so very special because you share them with your family and friends.”

The 1 p.m. performance on Saturday, November 19 is a special $12 Storybook Preview performance, sponsored by The Steele Foundation. Each family that attends this General Admission preview performance will receive a free book.

A Very Hairy Javelina Holiday cast features Chelsea Soto as Josefina, Rudy Ramirez as Juan, Vinny Chavez as José, Rhetta Mykeal as Angelina, Jon Gentry as Caruso, and Katie McFadzen as Coyote.

Director:  Dwayne Hartford

Music Director:  Todd Hulet

Choregrapher:  Molly Lajoie

Scenic Design:  Holly Windingstad

Costume/Wig Design:  D. Daniel Hollingshead

Lighting Design:  Paul Black

Sound Design:  Christopher Neumeyer

Stage Manager:  Sarah G. Chanis

Book and Lyrics were written by Jenny Millinger and music by Todd Hulet. A Very Hairy Javelina Holiday is adapted from the book “A Very Hairy Christmas” by Susan Lowell.

For interviews or media appearances, please contact Samantha Johnstone at (480) 921-5703 or High resolution images are available for download from Childsplay’s website at

About Childsplay:

Childsplay, Inc. is a nonprofit theatre company of professional, adult artists who perform for and teach young audiences and their families. The mission of Childsplay is “to create theatre so strikingly original in form, content or both, that it instills in young people an enduring awe, love and respect for the medium, thus preserving imagination and wonder, the hallmarks of childhood which are keys to the future.” For more information, visit

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