Every year is the same. I have big dreams and plans for a magnificent New Year’s Eve until the week of approaches and I realize that I’ve planned absolutely nothing. Last-minute panic sets in, there’s no time to plan and I end up having a lovely but tame evening with a few friends and family. I’d like this year to be different.

Honestly, I think my biggest slip up is the fact that I always begin my over-the-top plans by searching out of town. I try to go skiing or visit a natural hot spring. I never search right here in my convenient hometown. This year, I’m taking advantage of what the Triad has to offer. There are fun events—and more importantly—convenient events.

For starters, our area theaters—masters of upbeat music and flashy costumes— know how to throw a good party! This year, Barn Dinner Theatre’s combination show has caught my eye.

Barn Dinner Theatre is hosting a special one-night only comedy show to ring in the New Year. The show features comedy written by Matthew Bradshaw and features Cufflinx as the special musical guest.

What sets this show apart from a typical theatre production is that it includes all of the bells and whistles of a great New Year’s night out: food, booze and more food. Each ticket includes a delicious southern-style buffet, filled with favorites like mashed potatoes, mac and cheese and chicken, ham or beef entrees. After dinner, audiences will enjoy the comedy show by Matthew Bradshaw, an aftershow by the band Cufflinx, a champagne toast at midnight and a hot breakfast buffet.

Cufflinx is a High Point based band that plays jazz, old school R&B, Christian and Pop. The seven-piece band is made up of a piano, bass guitar, sax, drum, vocal artist, trumpet and lead guitar. The local band has participated in several local events, including those in collaboration with the High Point Public Library and High Point Arts Council.

The band’s New Year’s production will be a lively collection and a perfect match for the peppy mood; the artists are known for their high-energy shows and effective transition from top 40, funk or pop music to smooth jazz or fusion.

Matthew Bradshaw is another local performer who co-wrote and performed in Barn Dinner’s Groovin’, a show featuring funny skits and favorite tunes from the 60s. Bradshaw’s New Year’s Eve script is likely to be in the same playful and reminiscent tone.

So, if you’re looking for a fun way to spend the last evening of 2014, then do something different this year and check out Barn Dinner’s NYE party. It sure beats a tame evening of, “What do you want to do? I don’t know…what do you want to do?” And seeing that it includes dinner and TWO shows, it’s well worth the $100 shell out. !


Barn Dinner Theatre’s New Year’s Eve comedy show is Wednesday, Dec. 31, at its location at 120 Stage Coach Trail, Greensboro. Tickets are $100 each for the entire show and dinner package detailed above. Taxes and gratuity fees are included.

Show starts at 6 p.m. Reservations must be made by calling 292-2211.