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Holiday Show Plays to a Packed House
It was standing room only for the Creative Arts Departmentâ€™s Holiday Musical on Sunday December 6, as a capacity crowd at the Venture Centerâ€™s Colman Gromack auditorium was treated to an all singing, all dancing, celebration of the season. â€œBing Crosby would have been proud,â€ said one audience member as act after act made for a medley of fun.
A spirited dance number by Peter, Lisa Andy Joanne and Cyndi Hoover performed to the music of â€œBaby its Cold Outsideâ€ opened the show. And, in a program that balanced a mix of music and dance but also traditional and non-traditional Hanukah, Christmas and seasonal pieces made for an lively and entertaining afternoon.
With Arieâ€™s keyboard solo, â€œLight Up the Night,â€™ he amazed the crowd with his musicianship. Similarly, musical duets that paired Sam Leopold with Lee and later with Terrance combined rhythm and song in blues numbers that departed for the seasonal theme. The After School kidsâ€™ â€œSugar Plum Fairyâ€ dance performed with Cyndi Hoover was too cute for words and Mariaâ€™s â€œWhite Christmasâ€ harmonica piece also performed with Sam Leopold returned a Venture favorite to the stage for yet another commanding performance.
Peter, Venture Murphy Houseâ€™s elder statesman and Arie teamed up for the telling of a Hannuka story, which offered a poignant interlude from the frolicking fun of the more festive numbers.
And then there were the rousing and imaginative original performances from the Academy Singers. â€œHoliday Liteâ€, a commentary on our economy, â€œLong Live Frostyâ€, a green-theme piece and a very special; â€œ A Brand New John Frank for Christmasâ€ which was enthusiastically led by a beaming Mr. Frank.
The show was emceed by David and Sam who offered humor and commentary on the seasonal standards. With â€œSanta Claus is Coming to Town,â€ the jolly guy made an appearance and joined the cast for a spirited final number, â€œItâ€™s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,â€ and, indeed, it is! It always is at Camp Venture where the spirit of friendship camaraderie and good times are always on the playbill
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