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A Christmas Survival Guide
a Musical Revue
by reated & Written by James Hindman & Ray Roderick

COMPANY : The Legacy Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : The Legacy Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 1771

SHOWING : November 24, 2006 - December 17, 2006



Do you find the holidays more than a little stressful? Then this light hearted musical is just what you need! Filled with comedy, poignancy, and traditional songs of the season, this show is designed to de-stress and refresh one and all with holiday cheer! Using laughter as the perfect medicine, A CHRISTMAS SURVIVAL GUIDE will help you take on the holidays with a song in your heart and a twinkle in your eye!

Director Mark A. Smith
Cast Amanda Bridgette
Cast Dustin Lewis
Cast Melissa Vazquez
Cast David White
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The talent carried this one...
by Parrott65
Monday, December 11, 2006
There are some shows out there that you would consider a "snoozer" no matter how good the performers are and this show happens to be one of them. Now, let me say right off, I'm only referring to the script content itself. It had it's moments of being funny, but for the most part, I found myself being more concerned with why I had a crick in my knee than what was going on up on the stage. However, that was the worst part of the show, because what I have to say next is a rave review.

When I walked in the Legacy Theatre, I was floored. I mean, these folks have spent some serious money!! The decor, the bathrooms, the movie screen in the men's bathroom, the seats, the house, and just about everything about it was amazing. The place is beautiful and I give some major kudos to the founding team. I'm not sure what the final invoice amount was for the purchase of the land and building the place, but it had to be in the single digit millions. It smelled great, it was clean (which I guess that makes sense seeing as this was the first show they ever did there), and the staff was very friendly in greeting everyone.

Now, the show starts and they open the grand to a massive stage that is big enough to put on some large musical type shows. The set design was outstanding. They had decorated some trees, put a huge gift wrapped backdrop upstage, and had everything painted to fit the season. It was great. The band was excellent and didn't seem to miss a note (as you know, you never notice that unless there is a major screw up). The only thing, technically, that I had a problem with was lighting. I have a feeling that they are still adding to the lighting, as the place is new and it's probably a work in progress. It was a tad dark up there at times, but gave them the benefit of the doubt. The sound was a bit loud at some points too and made things distorted, but I think that's probably another situation where they're getting used to using the board and mixing things down to an appropriate level.

The cast and directing was OUTSTANDING. I could see that not only did their talent take that show to it's heights, but also I could clearly see that the director had put some time into developing the show and not solely relying on the cast's talent to carry it. The choreography was superb, the blocking was great, the interaction between the characters was believable, the prop usage was great, and the costumes were gorgeous. It's a four person cast and there wasn't a person in the show that I wasn't entertained by. I think the only one of the four that took some time to get started was Dustin. He started out weak, but by the time he got to the Elvis bit, he was on fire. Chris (I think that's his name), Amanda, and Melissa all came out with a bang and kept it going until the very end. By the time intermission rolled around, all four performers were commanding the stage in a way that any director would be happy to see.

In closing, I would like to once again give a huge congrats to Legacy on a job well done with what you had to work with. It's been a long time since I've reviewed a show, as the MAT Awards have prevented me from voicing my opinion. However, this one warranted a review, because they just opened and needed some feedback. I probably would've chosen a much larger and more familiar show to debut the theatre, but that's just my opinion. This one would have a 5 had the storyline been more entertaining. :) [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Woops... by Parrott65
Sorry, the cast members names are Amanda Bridgette, Melissa Vazquez, Dustin Lewis, and David White (not Chris).
Thanks! by The Legacy Theatre
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