The Firehouse Community Theatre, Inc.’s holiday offering “The Winter Wonderettes” written by Roger Bean, opened on December 7. The musical revue, comprised of all of our favorite holiday classics, is directed by Maureen Doucette with musical direction by John Wall and stage managed by Kylie Bancroft.
The premise: The “Winter Wonderettes”, a foursome of employees at the local hardware store, have prepared the entertainment for the company holiday party. The quartet is comprised of Suzy – a stereotypically ‘dumb blond’ played with precision by Jamie Bartley, Cindy Lou – a brash and sassy (think Rizzo from ‘Grease’) take the bull by the horns kinda gal played by Ashley Curry, Missy – a young and newly married woman who just loves to flaunt her marital status at the still single ladies in the group, played by newcomer to the Firehouse stage Brittany Morrison, and Betty Jean – played by Loralei Weber is the brown nosing corporate ladder climber whose air of superiority is met with incessant taunting by the other girls. The cast is joined by the ‘Harper’s Hardware Helpers’ background singers; a rotating duo of cast members Tammar Hammer, Barbara McDowell, DeAnne Sawyer, and Sue Wild. Also onstage is the musical duo of piano and drums, John Wall and Suzanna Talada.
The show is filled with campy musical numbers, sprinkled with moments of sincere heart tugs, and topped off with a lot of laughs. Some of my personal favorite moments included a ‘It’s Christmastime all over the world’ medley where sombrero wearing Jamie Bartley’s version of ‘Mamacita’ had me laughing so hard that the muscles in my face hurt; paired with Loralei Weber’s ‘O Tannenbaum’ and I was doubled over with belly laughs. Ashley Curry’s heartfelt ‘All those Christmas Cliches’ may have had me wipe a tear from my eye, but then Brittany Morrison’s flirty ‘This Christmas’ had me laughing again in no time.
Hats off to the creative set design in which the cast transforms the stage from the interior of a hardware store to a wintry wonderland all in the course of carefully choreographed number; well done.
Each member of the cast has their moment to shine and they all did a great job. “The Winter Wonderettes” is a must see so get your tickets soon, because I hear that they are close to sold out!
The show’s run dates for this weekend are 14, 15, 16 and 17, tickets are available through the Firehouse Community Theatre, Inc. box office at (863) 675-3066.