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Home for the Holidays, by Robert Egizio and Chuck Welcome; Musical Arrangements by Linda Uzelac
Charming Holiday Fun
Sunday, December 3, 2006
4.0
Stage Door's annual Christmas show is back and better than ever. The delightful cast sing their way through the holiday while sharing a family Christmas. Robert Egizio has created a wonderful ensemble and allows his cast to shine with all their glorious talent. Linda Uzelac is, as usual, astounding in her musical abilities and receives dynamite assistance from keyboard player Todd Fleeman. Cathe Hall Payne is adorable as lovable mom and through her humorous ad-libs and fun songs, she charms the audience. George Deavours plays opposite her as sweet Dad and also shows off his acting and vocal abilities. Andy Meeks and Liz Birmingham both excel in their roles, but the show is easily stolen by the stunningly talented Aimee Ariel. As Ivy, a young woman who has lost her faith, she charms the audience through light numbers such as 'Sisters' and 'Baby, It's Cold Outside', but her true vocal talents show during her solo, 'Oh Holy Night'. Egizio could not have found a more wonderful singer and the audience was amazed at her talent both as an actor and musician.
The one flaw to this otherwise great show is Michael Austin, as Joe. Although he sports an impressive resumee, Austin's abilities just don't stand up to those of his castmates. His lack of energy takes away from many of the group numbers and although he proves his voacl abilities during his solos, during group numbers (and his spoken lines) his voice cannot be heard. Although he playes opposite the adorable Liz Birmingham, their relationship feels somewhat cold due to Austin's restraint. Rather than elation at seeing the couple reunited for Christmas, the audience is let down when Austin's lack of enthusiasm sucks all the life from the scene. Hopefully he will recognize his shortcomings and give his character a bit more life during the rest of the show's run.
Overall, the show is an excellent experience and will be a great part of any family's Christmas season.

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