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The Wonderful (Totally Awesome & Braggadocious!) World of Christmas

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'Wonderful World of Christmas' features humor, harmony
By JACI WEBB jwebb@billingsgazette.com

Dec 8, 2016

Director Sondra Baker described the show she wrote with Wendy Carlin, "The Wonderful (Totally Awesome & Braggadocious!!) World of Christmas," as just a cabaret show.
When it opens Friday at NOVA Center for the Performing Arts, the audience will get a glimpse into Christmas hijinks and some of the best voices around spreading holiday cheer.


"Wonderful World of Christmas" runs through Dec. 18.


Baker said she's a sucker for harmonies, so she selected vocalists based on their ability to sing well with others. During rehearsal Monday night, CJ Jennings and Vanessa Dent proved Baker can pick 'em as they crooned their way through a lesser-known Christmas song, "Love is Needed."


"I'm a big fan of Pentatonix because of their harmonies," Baker said. "I picked four of their numbers for the show. Wendy said if I'd have picked any more, I would have to call this 'Pentatonix Christmas.'"
Carlin, who teaches at Beartooth Elementary, said she and Baker are bringing comedy to the show through their emcee duties. The two performers have been sidekicks for years, sharing Billings stages in Billings Studio Theatre and Prince Theatre productions.


For this show, they tapped into Carlin's appreciation for a kid's brain.
"We are playing our 8-year-old alter egos and we get ourselves in a bit of trouble," Carlin said.
There are signs taped to performers' backs, a yowling cat backstage and other surprises mixed in with the holiday songs.


Some of the 24 songs performed include “Winter Wonderland,” “Do You Hear What I Hear,” “The First Noel,” and “Mele Kalikimaka."


The cast also includes Janie Sutton, Caitlin Hart, Dylan Petit, Jordyn Armstrong, Steven Hrubes, Christie Arnold and Tom Wagner.


Ticket prices are $21 for adults, $16 for seniors and military, and $10 for students. Tickets are available by calling NOVA Center for the Performing Arts at 591-9535, going online to novabillings.org or stopping by the NOVA Center at 2317 Montana Ave.

 

Adults $21, Seniors/Military $16, and Students $10.

*Senior/military and student discounts are not available when purchasing tickets online.

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