Saturday, November 24, 2012


Imagine a giant box wrapped in shiny red and green paper, tied with a silvery bow, postmarked Muncie, Indiana and shipped, fragile handle with care, for delivery weekends until just before Christmas, Saturday, December 23 to be exact.  The destination is the Connecticut Cabaret Theatre in Berlin and the intended recipients of this special present are you, the audience.

Get into the holiday spirit without hanging a bough of holly or spreading tinsel all over the tree.  Sign up for an infusion of musical joy as the big box of happiness opens to reveal a quartet of sisters, Cheryl, Kaye, Donna and Peggy, whose goal in life is simple and sweet: sing every Christmas song in their playbook to make you merry...and you can sing along too.

Come hear the croonings of Jennifer Augeri (Cheryl), Kelly Bourque (Kaye), Jessica Frye (Donna), and Sandra Lee (Peggy) as they warble out their favorite tunes of these festive days.  It's the 1950's once again and this gal group is offering a Hometown Holiday Hoedown for all their television fans.

America's little sweethearts, dressed in red and green plaid finery, are reprising all the hits that made them famous, everything from "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" to "Santa Baby" to "There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays."  They even do a few tunes from around the world to celebrate December 25.  Be careful this is a little audience participation, especially if you are tapped to be Cousin Warren.  They also sing fun tunes like "Sugar Time," "Jambalaya" and "Sincerely."

Kris McMurray directs this happy holiday happening with a hearty hand, helped handily by the band, Pawel Jura on piano, Michael Palin on bass and Tim Urso on percussion.

For tickets ($30), call the CT Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 Webster Square Road, Berlin at 860-829-1249 or online at  Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7:15 p.m.   Bring goodies to share at your table or buy cake and drinks on site.

Just in time for your holiday gift giving or an exciting new direction for 2013, the CT Cabaret Theatre is launching a Performing Arts Center, perfect for thespians of all ages, right next door at 35 Webster Square Road, Berlin on January 14, 2013.  Teachers from all over the state and from Broadway will focus on monologues, what it means to be an actor, creating show choirs of tunes from Bach to Beyonce, establishing a rock band, puppetry, dance, music videos, script writing, film editing and how to smash an audition.  Registration dates are December 3, 5, 11, 13, 17 and 19 from 4 p.m to 7 p.m and December 15 from noon-3 p.m.  Call 860-829-1249 for more information or go to

Take a break from stuffing the turkey and the stockings and ring a few bells by singing along with these sweet sisters as they provide a Christmas carol song fest.

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