Sierra Repertory Theatre Presents HOLIDAY JUKEBOX

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Sierra Repertory Theatre Presents HOLIDAY JUKEBOX

Christmas time is here... almost. Everyone has a favorite Christmas song and more than likely yours will appear in Sierra Rep's Holiday Jukebox. This production offers something for everyone from Grandma all the way down to the little ones to enjoy. With unabashed holiday schmaltz, Holiday Jukebox will harken back to a time when families crowded on couches to watch hokey TV Christmas specials starring Bing Cosby, Andy Williams, John Denver, and Sonny and Cher. In those hour-long programs, singing stars would display harmless holiday merriment in the form of sentimental songs, silly skits and saccharine moments.

The production will feature Emily Gatesman (Intimate Apparel, State Fair), Lucas Michael Chandler (Disney's Beauty and the Beast, A Midsummer Night's Dream), Paul Henry (Irving Berlin's White Christmas), Kelly Ann Dunn (Disney's Beauty and the Beast), Kyle Moses (Sister Act), Brad Bong (Big River, Irving Berlin's White Christmas), and Stefani Potter (The Sound of Music), and more. The production will also incorporate young actors from SRT Jr., Sierra Rep's youth training program.

The cast of Holiday Jukebox features:

Brad Bong*

Emily Gatesman

Stefani Potter

Paul Henry

Lucas Michael Chandler

Kelly Ann Dunn

Erica Schaeffer

Kyle Moses

Amanda Andersen

Srt Jr. Ensemble:

Avé Carrillo

Myah Collie

Atticus Narron

Dexter Narron

Ruby James

Austin Paris

*Member, Actors' Equity Association

The production will be directed and choreographed by Scott Viets and Jerry Lee, with music direction by Sarah Wussow. "I had a terrific time re-creating Irving Berlin's White Christmas last year," says Lee. "Audiences responded so emphatically to the nostalgia of that show, which makes me excited to explore another bygone era and Christmas tradition: The Christmas Special."

"I have such fond memories of watching those specials as a child," says Viets. "It was an opportunity for my whole family to come together to enjoy music and comedy. But more importantly, I'm reminded how much those experiences allowed us to enjoy being together.

"This year we have seen many more families at the theatre. That not only thrills me as the Producer, but as an artist and a teacher it makes me so happy to see young kids (and young families) getting the experience of seeing performers sing and dance right in front of their eyes and not on a tablet or an iPhone."

"Audiences are going to get a healthy dose of Christmas music," says Lee, "as well as discovering some very clever songs that have been re-imagined for this production. A lot of people have put an awful lot of time into creating this new script and tailoring it to our audience and our community!"

Tickets for Holiday Jukebox can be purchased online at www.SierraRep.org, or by phone at (209) 532-3120, or by visiting the East Sonora Theatre Box Office (Tuesday through Saturday, 11am-5pm), located at 13891 Mono Way in Sonora. Performances at the East Sonora Theatre in begin on November 30 and continue through December 23. Performance times are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 2pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm. Ticket prices range from $32 to $47. Discounts for seniors, children, and students (18 and over with student ID) are available for all performances. Special discounts for groups of 20 or more are also available.

Events taking place during the run of Holiday Jukebox include:

Opening Weekend - Friday, November 30 through Sunday, December 3

Tickets are only $25 for opening weekend evening performances (Friday and Saturday evening only).

Opening Night Reception - Friday, November 30

Immediately following the performance, the audience is invited to join the actors and SRT Staff for a light reception included in the price of admission ($25/Opening Night).

Post-Show Talkback - Friday, December 14

Enjoy our Talkback series with members of the cast following this performance, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for that evening's performance.

ABOUT SIERRA REPERTORY THEATRE

Sierra Repertory Theatre is a professional non-profit theater located in California's beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills. Since 1980, Sierra Rep has focused on its original mission: to present audiences with a broad range of theatrical literature at the highest production quality possible; to pay artists and staff a living wage and to make a vibrant contribution to our community's economy, culture and spirit. Sierra Repertory Theatre is a registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

For more information about Sierra Repertory Theatre and upcoming shows, please visit www.SierraRep.org or call the Box Office at (209) 532-3120. Follow Sierra Repertory Theatre on Instagram at @SierraRep; and on Facebook at Facebook.com/SierraRep.



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