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No Christmas for gangsters

‘Sam Shade’ sheds light on holiday’s true meaning

A fledgling music and performing company is adding its own holiday performance to the season, with shows in Corinth this weekend.

Family Friendly Productions is a company that creates original scripts and scores — all of them intended for performers and audiences of all ages — for North Texas venues. The company continues its run of Sam Shade and the Case of the True Meaning of Christmas at 7 p.m. today through Saturday at the Global Spheres Center, 7801 S. Interstate 35E in Corinth. The musical, which has a jazz-inspired score, opened earlier this week in the Pilot Point Community Opera House.

The action happens on Christmas Eve in 1933, in the midst of the Great Depression. In Big City, reporter Dottie Deadline is trying to get to the bottom of the shared feeling of being down in the dumps that pervades the metropolis.

Meanwhile, Sallie Socialite wants to build an orphanage for a group of street urchins, but Bugsy Bigtime has thrown a wrench into Sallie’s dreams. Private detective Sam Shade starts investigating Bigtime’s subterfuge.

If Sam Shade feels familiar, that’s because it has some things in common with Annie, the musical adaptation of a comic strip about a spunky redhead who won’t let the Great Depression get her down during the Christmas of 1933. (If only she can keep from being falsely adopted by imposters who care more for a huge reward than for the orphan herself.)

Tickets to Sam Shade cost $5 for adults, and $3 for ages 6 and younger. Big families can see the show for $20.

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— Lucinda Breeding