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Revival House to make spirits bright Dec. 21

December 5, 2017

The Revival House gang will once again celebrate the horrors of the holiday starting at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 21, with the help of Rifftrax in "Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny" as part of its Pain Don't Hurt: Merry Riff-mas celebration.

Attendees can adorn themselves in their tackiest holiday attire, sip some season tidings and join the warm glow of the movie screen for a rather skewed take on the madness of the holiday season. As Revival House organizers regularly feature films they deem "accidentally awesome," this year they are once again teaming with Rifftrax to bring audiences one of the most bizarre, hilarious holiday-themed films ever produced: "Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny."

Joining the celebration will be Revival House's own Erin Tanner, who will have the audience singing festive holiday carols and a-wassailing in the aisles, and local artist Dean Wootten displaying his range of creations, including his new medium of coffee painting.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 was a comet of cult comedy for fans of cinematic calamities. Members of the show evolved their big-screen mocking into the successful Rifftrax series, which provides hysterical running commentary on some of the lesser-known films in the cinematic universe. One of the most infamous holiday films they covered is "Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny," a notoriously cheap musical fantasy released in 1972 by director R. Winer (his only credit). The film's ineptitude garnered a cult following and led the cast of Rifftrax to create their own soundtrack, which has become one of their most successful riffs to date.

Dean Wootten is a Sussex County native with a passion for art and nature. As a self-taught artist, he has been drawing and painting since childhood, and over the years has honed his craft into his own unique style. Along with oils and acrylics, he specializes in pyrography (the art of wood burning), and has recently started working in a new medium: coffee painting. Currently, he is in the process of building Dream Catcher Art Studio in Georgetown. The studio will serve as a gallery for Wootten's pieces as well as a workspace for future projects. It is set to open at the first of the year.

Revival House co-creator Erin Tanner will take the stage and perform a number of holiday classics (and not-so-classics) to lead the audience in caroling throughout the theater, and perhaps spill out onto the streets. Tanner is seasoned guitarist who will undoubtedly make the evening a festivus for the rest of us.

Tickets are $10. Seniors and students pay only $5. For more information, go to revivalhousetheater.com. To purchase tickets in advance, call 302-684-3038 or go to miltontheatre.ticketfly.com.

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