Holiday Spirit to the Rescue

 

BONNIE GOLDBERG

The Christmas spirit is alive and well at Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury and it’s being wrapped up in a silver box and beribboned with a big red bow by the Stage II Community Theatre just for you.  Until Tuesday, December 28, you can get a large infusion of holiday joy by this terrific cast led by Michelle Gotay, as Earlene Babcock:  think Paula Dean with a few swigs of brandy and a dozen rum balls for fortification.

The fate of Earlene’s Diner/Motel and the St. Francis School is hanging on a fragile pine scented bough, ready to be axed by the town’s cruel and greedy bankers.  The 50th Annual Christmas Variety Show is going to be televised with the hopes of saving these two valued institutions but a blizzard has swept in on Christmas Eve to put a major wrench in the proceedings.

Never fear.  The ingenious town folks and the television crew know that “the show must go on,” as well as the Talent Contest and the Bakeoff, whether the Rockettes make it through the snow or not.

Calling on God and Elvis for help, the towns people perform such hits as “We Need a Little Christmas” all the way to “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” stuffing in numbers like “Feliz Navidad,” “Imagine”,  “White Christmas,” “Ring Those Christmas Bells,” and  “My Grown Up Christmas List” until the holiday stockings over flow.

Earlene’s “12 Steps of Christmas” is a holiday hoot, while Don Leona’s “The Christmas Box” and Sidney Gooding’s “O Holy Night” are touching.  Semina De Laurentis truly makes this “The Best Christmas Variety Show Ever!”

For tickets ($20-25, students $10, with family packages available), call Seven Angels Theatre, Plank Road, Hamilton Park Pavilion, Waterbury at 203-757-4676 or online at www.sevenangels.org. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. There are no performances December 24 or 25, but special added shows Monday and Tuesday, December 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Now is the time to plan for New Year’s Eve with Seven Angels’ “Stand Up and Count Down” Comedy Night, with shows at 6:30 p.m. ($45) and 9:30 p.m. ($55) on Friday, December 31.  The later show includes hors d’oeurves and a champagne toast at midnight.  Featured comedians are Richie Byrne, Carol Siskind, Allen Enlow and Bill McCarty.  Laugh in the New Year with these four funny folks.

Get a head start on the laughter train with Earlene and her down home friendly charm as the chief conductor.

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