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Home For The Holidays
a Holiday Musical
CATEGORY : COMEDY MUSICAL


COMPANY : Stage Door Players [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Stage Door Players [WEBSITE]
ID# 1083

SHOWING : November 19, 2004 - December 19, 2004

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Conceived by Robert Egizio and Charles Welcome, With Musical Arrangements by Linda Uzelac. An original musical celebrating the joyous traditions of the holidays. Friends and family gather to recall Holiday memories through story and song.


CAST & CREW LIST
Cast Chuck Welcome
Cast Robert Egizio
Cast Linda Uzelac
Carpenter Aubrey Baginski
Sound Designer Dan Bauman
Light Board/Follow Spot Operator Owen Klumb
Lighting Designer Amy Humes Lee
Stage Manager Courtney Loner
Carpenter Steve Uzelac
Set Designer Chuck Welcome
Bass Michael Blackeney
Guitar Ric Durand
Conductor/Keyboards Linda Uzelac
Chris Jeffery Brown
Joe Matthew Carter
Dad Shawn Hale
Mary Kristie Krabe
Mom Cathe Hall Payne
Ivy Rachel Sorsa
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REVIEWS

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Warm fuzzies...
by bparker
Saturday, December 11, 2004
NR
This was the first time I had seen a show a stage door. It is a nice intimate space which gives in well to the Christmas "fluff" and "warm fuzzies" that Home for the Holidays has to offer.
Let me start off by first commending the set. I was amazed at the craftmanship when I first walked into the theatre. However, to my complete suprise, it then turned to reveal the inside of the main "house" set. To say the least it was impressive.
In my humble opinion, the strongest point of the ensemble as a whole was not the voices, but the characters in which they embodied. The characters were intertwinned seamlessly and they made you care about them. In my eyes, if you can get an audience to care for your character, that is better than a hundred amazing singers who cannot.
There were two characters that stood out... the mother and father. Their commic relief was not only hilarious but stuck in at just the right point to release you from the usual "Miracle On 34th Street" feeling that these performances usually exude.
Shawn Hale was undoubltably my favorate performer. He not only had the comic timing of the character down to a T, but he also showed his true acting merrit in the solo "Butterfly Kisses." I don't often cry in the theatre, but this show definately brought tears to my eyes. -Wonderful performer-
Overall a well thought out show that brought me into the Christmas Spirit before the mall decorations had a chance to!
Kudos!
BP [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
You can't beat Home Sweet Home!
by tketchner
Tuesday, December 7, 2004
5.0

I got a chance to see this show last Sunday and I absolutely loved it. It is a great show for you to get into the holiday spirit. It is crammed with great holiday songs and fun memories.

I am a longtime visitor of Stage Door, and I have to say that I have been blown away by the level of talent in their latest show. Cathy Hall Payne and Shawn Hale are comic highlights. Matthew Carter and Kristie Krabe are very sweet and loving as the young married couple. And Rachel Sorsa and Jeffrey Brown are very cute in their cat & mouse flirting.

The set design and lighting design was absolutely stunning. And it was nice to hear a trio of piano, bass and guitar. Not too overpowering and just enough oomph to match the strong voices of the cast.

The show is definitely appropriate for all ages, as well. Good job! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Not bad at all!
by th8rluvr
Monday, November 22, 2004
4.0
Okay, so the Christmas decorations have been up at the mall since before Halloween, so I guess we can let Stage Door slide this time by offering their holiday show a little early.

In what is sure to be the first of my many holiday outings, I went to see Stage Door's "Home For The Holidays". It is your run of the mill holiday show - jam packed with nostalgia and music, strung together with just a bit of dialouge to get from one song to the next.

Some things really stood out in this production, though. Kristie Krabe is back at Stage Door again. She is in fine voice throughout the show - I wish she had more to do. I think I am spoiled from getting to see her so much over the past year. Also with her is partner in crime Matthew Carter. These two were absolutely adorable in "Dames at Sea" and they make an equally convincing couple here. Carter gets a few shining moments with his sweet "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and comic "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"

Cathe Hall Payne and Shawn Hale are hysterical as the mother and father of this madness. Hall-Payne is a comic delight with her facial expressions and witty asides. Hale gets to show off some Elvis like struts, as well as a lovely solo ballad early in the show.

The pairing of Jeffrey Brown and Rachel Soursa is too cute, and they light up the stage with their duets "Baby It's Cold Outside" and "What Are You Doing New Years' Eve"

With only a couple of stand out voices here, it is really nice how Linda Uzelac blended the voices and created some really nice harmonies in songs like "Silver Bells" and "White Christmas". It was nice to hear some standard songs with new arrangements.

The set design and lighting were exactly what I have come to expect at Stage Door - Fantastic! Chuck Welcome stuns again with a great design idea. My only complaint was that the floor tended to be a bit creaky in places. And the lighting design by Amy Humes Lee was great.

So, all in all I would really recommend this show. Happy Holidays! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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