Foot­lighters stages fun Christ­mas mu­si­cal, ‘Nun­crack­ers’

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - COMMUNITY -

BERWYN >> If Foot­lighters Theater’s pro­duc­tion of the Christ­mas mu­si­cal Nun­crack­ers doesn’t in­still some hol­i­day cheer into you in the com­ing week­ends, it’s likely noth­ing else will. Through song, dance and a goodly amount of au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion, this high-en­ergy mu­si­cal takes a fond look at the tra­di­tions and rit­u­als of the Christ­mas sea­son.

Nun­crack­ers is the fourth in­stall­ment in the Nun­sense se­ries of mu­si­cals by writer/com­poser Dan Gog­gin. What started as a line of satir­i­cal nun­themed greet­ing cards went on to be­come a 1985 off-Broad­way hit fol­lowed by a pop­u­lar line of se­quels and spinoffs.

The fam­ily-friendly show is pre­sented as the first TV special taped in the Ca­ble Ac­cess Studio built by Rev­erend Mother in the con­vent’s base­ment. It stars the nuns so well loved from the orig­i­nal pro­duc­tion, plus Fa­ther Vir­gil, and some of Mount Saint He­len’s most ta­lented stu­dents. The va­ri­ety show is meant to in­clude a ren­di­tion of the “Nutcracker” bal­let, but things start to un­ravel al­most as soon as they be­gin. As the tap­ing be­gins to hit a few snags, Sis­ter Am­ne­sia (a well-in­ten­tioned but scat­ter­brained nun) is or­dered to fill time by go­ing into the au­di­ence to de­liver Se­cret Santa gifts. It’s a won­der­ful in­ter­lude and one of sev­eral ways Nun­crack­ers invites the au­di­ence to be part of the show.

Like the con­vent’s show, the pro­duc­tion is a chaotic suc­cess driven by an equally un­hinged cast of per­form­ers. The core of the cast is dressed in match­ing habits, set apart by their wildly dis­tinct per­son­al­i­ties that grow in­creas­ingly over the top as the show goes on.

The show in­cludes lots of au­di­ence in­ter­ac­tion as well as some tra­di­tional carols in the over­ture and as un­der­scor­ing, plus some en­ter­tain­ing Christ­mas Carol spoofs. A fun es­capade for all ages, the com­edy is an ef­fec­tive mix of in­nu­endo and word­play just vague enough to go over the heads of younger the­ater­go­ers.

Nun­crack­ers runs through Satur­day, Dec. 17. Evening shows are at 8 p.m.; Satur­day and Sun­day mati­nees are at 2 p.m. Tick­ets are $16 per per­son, chil­dren 12 and un­der just $10 each. Group dis­counts are avail­able for par­ties of 15 or more. Tick­ets are avail­able in ad­vance (rec­om­mended to in­sure your seat) at www.foot­lighter­sthe­ater.com or at the door. The theater is lo­cated at 58 Main Av­enue in Berwyn, just two blocks from the Berwyn Train sta­tion (Paoli/Thorn­dale line). On-street park­ing is avail­able, and pa­trons also have ac­cess to the church park­ing lot across the street. Note: This pro­duc­tion is a fundrais­ing event and is not in­cluded in sea­son ticket pack­ages.

The cast of “Nun­crack­ers” putting the fin­ish­ing touches on their Christ­mas mu­si­cal, run­ning Dec 2 though Dec. 17 at Foot­lighters Theater in Berwyn.

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