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A CHRISTMAS THRANCE 2000

CAST: Kirstin Burbank, Donna Tina Charles, Marshall Davis, Babe Hack, Gerald James, Amanda Jordan, Sarah Marsh-newman, Pogo Saito, Ariadne Shaffer, Atim Udoffia, Andy Wolf, Yulia Yemelin, Melissa Zafarana, Shelly Wenk, and Stephanie Bell

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LA WEEKLY (Sandra Ross)

Outlaw Style ThranceIn lesser hands, “thrance” could be the back-alley mutant spawn of theater and dance (as some have defined it).  But choreographer-director Jessica Schroeder and an appealing ensemble turn the form into a highly engaging combo of theatrical pantomime and modern dance.  Schroeder’s choreography is set to recordings of holiday songs performed by a 16-member mixed-gender, multiracial ensemble spanning an entire spectrum of body types.  Musical selections favor ‘50s arrangements of classics.  Duke Ellington’s arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Nut-cracker Suite features most of the ensemble in a hilarious shop-a-thon, counting down the days until Christmas. (Group scenes are particularly well staged.)  Act 2 opens with Billy May’s delightful “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Mambo.”  Ellington’s “Sugar Rum Cherry,” a Outlaw Style Thrancetwist on Tchaikovsky’s “Sugar Plum Fair,” is similarly delectable.  The performance is shaped by a pleasantly campy, slightly ironic sensibility that never slips into outright mockery of holiday warmth.  Clever costuming also enhances the festive flavor.  (“Antler Engineers” and “Velcro Vixens,” amongothers, are credited.)  Picture 16 Santas outfitted in Day-Glo Hawaiian suits, high-kicking to Jackson 5’s rendition of “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town.”  Despite a few technical glitches on opening night – a tardy curtain, some backstage rustling, a flying Christmas present that nearly struck an audience member—A Christmas Thrance is a thoroughly enjoyable package of holiday cheer

 

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