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A Taffeta Christmas
a Holiday Musical
CATEGORY :
by Rick Lewis

COMPANY : Stage Door Players [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Stage Door Players [WEBSITE]
ID# 3184

SHOWING : November 26, 2008 - December 21, 2008

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

The singing sisters are back in this holiday sequel to “The Taffetas” set in Muncie, Indiana. This time the Dumont Television Network is featuring Kaye, Donna, Peggy and Cheryl on its weekly television show, “Hometown Hoedown.” It’s Christmas in Muncie, and everyone is there! It’s America’s first chance to meet ‘Mother and Daddy,’ and a few surprises for everyone. A bright combination of hits from “The Taffetas,” plus new songs and Christmas favorites, "A Taffeta Christmas" is a classic hometown Christmas the way it was meant to be.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Jeffery Brown
Choreographer Elizabeth Neidel
Musical Director Linda Uzelac
Sound Design Dan Bauman
Wig Design George Deavours
Stage Manager Courtney Loner
Lighting Design Michael Magursky
Costume Design Jane C Uterhardt
Scenic Design Chuck Welcome
Drums John David Williams
Kaye Maura Carey Gebhardt
Cheryl Courtney Foster
Peggy Jamie Savincki
Donna Amanda Wilborn
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REVIEWS

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What a Disappointment
by playgoer
Monday, December 22, 2008
2.0
With a four-character musical about close-harmony singers of the 50's, what do you need? Four singers who can hold their harmony lines and blend their voices attractively. Unfortunately, "A Taffeta Christmas" also requires each character to take on solo duty. That's where the production really fell apart. All the females had strong belt voices, but not a one had a strong or pleasant head voice. That left many numbers missing a distinctive lead melody line, and made any rangy solo less than pleasant to listen to.

There wasn't much pleasant to look at, either. The wigs were unflattering and totally wig-like. The gowns were an unpleasant brown that did not flatter any of the cast's skin tones. There was a beautifully painted mural of a skating scene in the background, but guess what was hidden behind four females for most of the running time?

The show itself is hokey, simple fun. With a running time of 90 minutes (including intermission), it was over quickly. There certainly were moments of fun, the highlight for me occurring during a "commercial," when the character of Donna was reluctant to dab a deodorant pad under her arm. Yes, the show was the height of sophistication... But it was fun, at the level of mid-level community theatre. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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