Winter Wonderettes – Review by Bonnie Goldberg

Even though Thanksgiving is barely a delicious and gratitude stuffed memory, the Ivoryton Playhouse wants you to hang wreaths on the door and put lights on everything that moves or not to get into the Christmas spirit. The year is 1968 and the place is the Essex Hardware Store and the Winter Wonderettes are in fine performing mode for your holiday entertainment. Until Sunday December 18th, this quartet of sweetly harmonizing and energetic ladies are pulling out all the merriment and mistletoe to make you a red and green tinsel laden spectacular present of musical delights.

Created by Roger Bean, with choreography by Elizabeth McGuire, musical direction by Mark Ceppetelli and direction by J., Clayton Winters, the Winter Wonderettes – Katie Bates, Daron Elaine Cockerell, Meagan Lewis-Michelson, Emily Kay Shrader and swing Jordan Adams – are primped and primed to raise the roof with robust revelry.

Put on your festive finery and play along as these gals polish the holiday props with signs of the season, from elves to reindeer, Santa’s throne to Christmas bells. They playfully squabble as they prepare to greet Santa who has their hardware holiday bonus checks, but they have a surprise in store.

Tunes like “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Jingle Bell Hop,” ”Old Mister Kringle,” “Ring Those Christmas Bells,” “Sleigh Bells Ring” and “Santa Baby” and many more light up the holiday sky with joy. A few lucky audience members even get to show off their talents on stage. The ladies also take the audience around the world with holiday delight to a variety of countries.

For tickets ($55 adults, $50 seniors, $25 students), call the Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street, Ivoryton at 860-767-7318 or online at Performances are Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Masks are encouraged but not required.

Your Christmas stocking is packed with musical and dancing treats as this foursome sparkles and shines its way to being the stars on the top of Ivoryton Playhouse’s holiday tree.