A drag queen's lesson in the holiday spirit now will help two Youngstown theaters.
The bawdy comedy ''How the Drag Queen Stole Christmas'' returns to the Oakland Center for the Arts. Originally created as a one-time event to help pay the heating bills at the theater over the the winter, the show now is in its sixth year and frequently sells out.
The drag musical was created by Robert Dennick Joki, founder of Rust Belt Theatre Company in the Calvin Center. While the show remains at the Oakland, proceeds from the five performances will benefit both theater companies.
Joki stars as Starrlet O'Hara, a tyrant drag queen who despises Christmas and everything it stands for. But just like Ebeneezer Scrooge, Starrlet is visited on Christmas Eve by a group of ghostly divas who try to show her the true meaning of the holiday season.
The script is updated each year to parody current events and pop culture, and one of the staples of the show is a number built around the celebrities who died in the past year.
Joki teamed with local musicians Josh Taylor and Bernadette Lim to create five new songs for the production, which also features new characters and new scenes.
''How the Drag Queen Stole Christmas'' will be staged at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Dec. 9 and 8 p.m. and midnight Dec. 10 at the Oakland Center for the Arts, 220 W. Boardman St., Youngstown. Doors open at 7 p.m. for a wine and cheese reception and a silent auction.
Tickets are $15. For reservations or more information, call 330-746-0404.