Family holiday fun: “Yuletide in Dogtown” on Dec. 5-6 at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center

With three performances, plus a free sensory-friendly show, this interactive musical adventure offers families a fun outing, plus a visit with Hand in Paw and cookies and cocoa.

yuletide 2015 2The dogs are back in town for this favorite holiday production presented by the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center and ArtPlay.

Join Spike, Fifi, Scotty and Beauregard on this interactive musical adventure created by local playwright – and the ASC’s very own – Jerry Sims, as his Dogtown pups learn the true meaning of the holidays. “Yuletide in Dogtown” is a great performance for everyone, especially children.

“Yuletide in Dogtown” shows are set for 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, followed by a free sensory-friendly show at 5 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South.

Hand in Paw dogs and handlers will be in the lobby before each show, and guests will be treated to cookies and cocoa. Santa will stop by the ASC lobby before the 3 p.m. Sunday show. Tickets are $9 for children, $11 for adults. To purchase tickets or for more details, call 205-975-2787 or visit

ArtPlay Meet the Artist school shows for area schoolchildren are set for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, and Tuesday, Dec. 8.

For “Yuletide in Dogtown” Ron Bourdages is the narrator and musician, with Dwayne Johnson as Beauregard Bloodhound; Darrell Revel as Mayor Scotty McTavish; Jerry Sims as Spike; C. Holly Dikeman as Fifi Latour; and Kimberly Kirklin as Boomer. Mindy Egan is stage manager. The play is written and directed by Sims.

ArtPlay in partnership with KultureCity presents the additional free, sensory-friendly performance of this show. The sensory-friendly performance will feature a supportive environment for an audience of families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues. Slight adjustments to the production have been made, including the reduction of any jarring sounds or strobe lights focused into the audience. The outer lobby will include quiet areas and an activity area staffed with autism specialists for those who need to leave their seats during the performance. All are welcome to come to the performance, with the understanding that the theater is a judgment-free zone with a performance geared toward individuals with sensory issues.