Lewis Holiday Show is back by popular demand
By Annie Alleman For Sun-Times Media November 29, 2012 11:36AM
The Lewis Holiday Spectacular
‘8th Annual Holiday Spectacular’
♦ Dec. 6-8
♦ Philip Lynch Theatre at Lewis University, 1 University Parkway, Romeoville
♦ Tickets, $2-$10
♦ (815) 836-5500
Updated: December 9, 2012 12:17PM
The halls will once again ring with songs and laughter when Lewis University’s Heritage Theatre Company presents the eighth annual Holiday Spectacular.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 7 and 8. Because patrons were being turned away last year, a 4 p.m. matinee has been added on Dec. 8.
Appropriate for the whole family, the show includes 90 minutes of music, skits, dancing and laughter, said Philip Lynch theater manager Jo Slowik.
A special feature this year will be the return of the “Charlie Brown Christmas” sketch.
“We do our own twist to it,” she said. “It is the TV special, but we edited down some of the audio tracks from the scenes from the Charlie Brown Christmas special. The actors will do the cartoons and lip-synch all the dialogue. So you hear those iconic voices but you see the actors lip-synching the dialogue.”
The box office opens at 6 p.m. with holiday confections in the lobby. For a small fee, there will be digital photos on stage with Santa and his elves available half an hour before each performance. The proceeds from concessions and the photos go to the Theatre Scholarship Fund.
Half-price tickets are available with a donation of non-perishable foods, she said.
“We had requests to bring back scenes we’ve done before, so we’re bringing back our Charlie Brown sketch we haven’t done since 2008,” Slowik said. “And new this year is a take-off on ‘Gangnam Style.’ We’re calling it ‘Christmas Santa Style.’ That will open the show. And Keith White is developing another scene on disco elves.”
The material appeals not only to kids and teens, but parents and grandparents as well, she said.
“We keep things for a couple of years and then we do something new,” she said. “That’s what it’s about – bring creative. It’s grown in popularity so much this year that we added another performance.”
Another change this year is changing the curtain time from 8 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to accommodate children and their bedtimes.
The play will include traditional Christmas carols; include a mash-up arrangement of “Silent Night” and “O Holy Night.”
“We’ve got some beautiful voices in the cast … it’s nice to pull those people out and feature them,” she said. “We do these wonderful Hallmark moments where you really get that holiday warm and fuzzy feeling, and then we do something crazy like Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ parodied as ‘My Snow Pants.’ We try and make it warm and fuzzy, and very hip and contemporary and funny.”