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CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE This Week at The Fox Theatre!

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CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE lights up the 2015 holiday season with its newest holiday stage spectacular at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre Wednesday, Nov. 25 and Friday, Nov. 27 for two unforgettable performances. THIS IS A SHOW NOT TO BE MISSED… it’s a cirque show…Broadway musical…holiday spectacular…and family show all in one.

In CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE, Broadway director Neil Goldberg re-imagines the holiday season with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 performers from 12 countries showcasing an endless variety of imaginative, heart-pounding and gravity- defying feats you have to see to believe. Experience gingerbread men flipping mid air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires along with snowmen, icemen and penguins, balancing, jumping and spinning in disbelief. The show celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, choreography and exciting production numbers. Performers twirl, bounce and soar thru the air to original music and seasonal favorites brought to life within a stage setting of gigantic gifts, colossal candy canes and 30-foot towering trees & soldiers creating a wonderland of amazement.
Says Creator/Director Goldberg, “Cirque Dreams Holidaze celebrates our brand of over 20 years with this unique holiday stage spectacle for the entire family. There aren’t enough shows today where mom and dad can bring the kids and grandparents, make it a date night, fun time for teens and entertain so many generations with…’how did they do that’, ‘wow’ and ‘amazing’. This show has something for everyone.”

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Santaland Diaries at Horizon Theatre Company is HaHaHa-larious!

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Returning for its 17th anniversary production, Horizon Theatre Company turns “ho ho ho” into “ha ha ha” as it reprises its popular production of The Santaland Diaries by award-winning satirist David Sedaris, November 20-December 31.

This show is one of the funniest Holiday shows out there. We have found our new holiday tradition here at The Backstage Beat!

The setting for this naughty show is a Macy’s in New York City as they prepare for Santa and all the families that come to see him. Welcome to this wicked wonderland and exposé of all things elfin. Out of work and middle-aged, a writer in need of holiday cash decides to employ his gift for insightful observation in the trade of elfdom at Macy’s Department Store. Besieged by bratty kids with overzealous parents and donning a humiliating costume, he finds that his cynical self and his elfin alter ego, “Crumpet,” are not exactly compatible. His remedy for the saccharine overdose he endures in his never-endingly exuberant job is to tell all – giving us a backstage pass to the secret lives of Santas and elves. Though definitely not your traditional stocking stuffer, this caustic Christmas carol is a laughter-spiked antidote to the holiday blues. The Santaland Diaries serves up holiday cheer and sneer – and a rebel without a Claus.

Crumpet is played by Harold M. Leaver. I was truly impressed with his ability to stay in character with so much hilarity happening. He was a master at this role! What a naughty little elf!

Along with Harold, Lala Cochran and Enoch King perform as “Sidekicks” and bring the whole show together. Their various roles are both detailed and laugh out loud funny!

This is a true local masterpiece! For those of you who dare think you can’t see a great show with local talent, go see this one! But be warned, it is not for kids and the humor is not for everyone.

Give yourself a great gift this holiday season, see this show and let us know how you liked it!

 

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Daniel Patrick Smith as Buddy in ELF! The Musical

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One of the greatest holiday movies of our time is ELF! The story of a very happy and joyful elf named Buddy. Now if you remember,  Buddy is not your ordinary elf, he is actually a very tall human who was raised as an elf with Santa in the North Pole. As the story goes, he leaves to go find his real father in New York City! Hilarity ensues and of course someone has to save Christmas!

The movie, which came out on 2003,  featured Will Ferrell as Buddy. Those are some pretty big shoes to fill and we caught up with the guy filling those shoes in the Broadway touring musical.

Daniel Patrick Smith plays Buddy in ELF! The Musical. Daniel has an extensive background in theater and is excited to perform in Atlanta and the gorgeous Fox Theatre.

We asked Daniel about his involvement in the arts and he told us this, “I grew up in Ocean City, NJ and I started acting in theater productions after seeing my sister perform. I just felt like it was what I was suppose to do. Thankfully I had very supportive parents that allowed me to go after my dreams.” He went on to tell us about growing up in a town that was very into sports and not so much into the Arts. As we discussed this, we both agreed that it is so important for children to be exposed to the Arts at an early age and it’s beyond comprehension that they are taking them out of schools for financial reasons. He said,”I couldn’t imagine growing up and not being able to perform. My high school actually reached out to me for input on creating a theatrical program and I was honored. I am so happy to know that they have that option now. It can be life changing for someone and I support that so much.”

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Rudolph at the Center for Puppetry Arts

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It’s our favorite time of the year and that means Rudolph is playing at the Center for Puppetry Arts!

Rudolph is my all time favorite show that is put on by the talented staff and puppeteers at CPA.

The story opens with the delightful snowman telling us about the winter storm that nearly stopped Christmas! He sings and little forest animals dance as he leads us to be introduced to Rudolph.

The story follows Rudolph as he is shunned from the crowd and is not allowed to play in any reindeer games! He meets another misfit, Hermie and off they go on the biggest, snowiest, craziest adventure that ends in them saving Christmas!

Delightful songs, funny and witty dialogue. This is a true masterpiece.

Ring in this holiday season the way we do, with Rudolph at the Center for Puppetry Arts!

Photo by Clay Walker
Based on the classic television special
Adapted by Jon Ludwig; directed by Tim Sweeney

2015-16 Family Series

Nov 12 – Dec 27, 2015
Previews: Nov 10 & 11 – 10am & 11:45am
Mainstage Theater
Recommended for ages 4 & up
No shows Nov 26 or Dec 25

Showtimes:

Nov 12 – 22, 2015:
•Tues-Fri: 10am & 11:45am
•Sat: 12pm & 2pm
•Sun: 1pm & 3pm

Nov 24 – 29, 2015:
•Tues: 10am & 11:45am
•Wed: 10am, 12pm & 2pm
•Fri: 11am, 1pm & 3pm
•Sat: 11am, 1pm & 3pm
•Sun: 1pm & 3pm

Dec 1 – 6, 2015:
•Tues-Fri: 10am & 11:45am
•Sat: 11am, 1pm & 3pm
•Sun: 1pm & 3pm

Dec 8 – 13, 2015:
•Tues-Fri: 10am & 11:45am
•Sat: 11am, 1pm, & 3pm
•Sun: 1pm, 3pm & 5pm

Dec 15 – 20, 2015:
•Tues-Wed: 10am, 12pm
•Thurs-Fri: 10am, 12pm & 2pm
•Sat: 11am, 1pm & 3pm
•Sun: 1pm & 3pm

Dec 22 – 27, 2015:
•Tues-Thurs: 10am, 12pm & 2pm
•Sat: 11am, 1pm & 3pm
•Sun: 1pm & 3pm

Center Closed:

Nov 26 (Thanksgiving Day)
Dec 25 (Christmas Day)


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