Everyone has a favorite Christmas song and more than likely yours will appear in Sierra Rep’s “Holiday Jukebox.”
This production offers something for everyone from Grandma all the way down to the little ones to enjoy. With unabashed holiday schmaltz, “Holiday Jukebox” will harken back to a time when families crowded on couches to watch hokey TV Christmas specials starring Bing Cosby, Andy Williams, John Denver, and Sonny and Cher. In those hour-long programs, singing stars would display harmless holiday merriment in the form of sentimental songs, silly skits and saccharine moments.
The production features Emily Gatesman, Lucas Michael Chandler, Paul Henry, Kelly Ann Dunn, Kyle Moses, Brad Bong and Stefani Potter. The production will also incorporate young actors from SRT Jr., Sierra Rep’s youth training program.
The production will be directed and choreographed by Scott Viets and Jerry Lee, with music direction by Sarah Wussow.
“I had a terrific time re-creating ‘Irving Berlin’s White Christmas’ last year,” says Lee. “Audiences responded so emphatically to the nostalgia of that show, which makes me excited to explore another bygone era and Christmas tradition: The Christmas Special.”
“I have such fond memories of watching those specials as a child,” says Viets. “It was an opportunity for my whole family to come together to enjoy music and comedy. But more importantly, I’m reminded how much those experiences allowed us to enjoy being together.
“This year we have seen many more families at the theatre. That not only thrills me as the producer, but as an artist and a teacher it makes me so happy to see young kids (and young families) getting the experience of seeing performers sing and dance right in front of their eyes and not on a tablet or an iPhone.”
“Audiences are going to get a healthy dose of Christmas music,” says Lee, “as well as discovering some very clever songs that have been re-imagined for this production. A lot of people have put an awful lot of time into creating this new script and tailoring it to our audience and our community.”
Tickets for “Holiday Jukebox” can be purchased online at www.SierraRep.org, or by phone at (209) 532-3120, or by visiting the East Sonora Theatre Box Office (Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.), located at 13891 Mono Way in Sonora. Performances at the East Sonora continue through Dec. 23. Performance times are 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays and 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Ticket prices range from $32 to $47. Discounts for seniors, children and students (18 and over with student ID) are available for all performances. Special discounts for groups of 20 or more are also available.