Jimmy Johansmeyer, Dani Corrigan, Ryan Eggensperger, Carter Popkin
could be sweeter as a family treat than a visit to Pantochino's new
holiday offering "The Great Cinnamon Bear Christmas Radio Show"? This
is one confection that has no calories or risk of causing tooth decay.
Until December 29, at Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue,
Milford, decorations will glow and hearts will swell as this novel
musical by Bert Bernardi, with music by Justin Rigg, debuts.
the old-fashioned radio shows, where the family would finish Sunday
dinner and gather round the big brown box radio to hear a tale of
adventure? Bert Bernardi has recreated that bygone age with a fun and
mysterious tale about an Irish bear, a small Christmas ornament come to
Ryan Eggensperger is one perfect Paddy O'Cinnamon, with
just the right balance of spunk and kindness. He rises to the occasion
when twins Judy and Jimmy (Dani Corrigan and Carter Popkin) are sent to
the attic to find the prized silver star for the top of their Christmas
When they discover the star is missing, the cinnamon bear
ornament becomes real and offers to help them recover it. That means
adventures to places like the Root Beer Ocean and Lollipop Mountain and
encounters with the Crazy Quilt Dragon, the Inkapoos, King Blotto, a
Woo-Woo Whale, Penny the Pelican, the Wintergreen Witch and, finally,
Meanwhile at Radio Station WJBJ, the new station
manager Mr. Coot (Jim Cooper) is being mean-spirited and threatening to
pull the holiday show off the air. While Harry Hammond (Justin Rigg)
accompanies them on piano, commercials about everything from soda to
shampoo to Spry are sung by Kylie Poggio, Dale Allen, Shelley Marsh
Poggio and Alex Koumbaros, while Meredith Checkerberry (George Spelvin)
and Finn Fenneman (Jimmy Johansmeyer) try to maintain order and decorum.
sound effects add to the fun. At a recent show, Hannah Kupson stepped
in at the eleventh hour and did a splendid job as the radio star Judy.
Bert Bernardi does a delightful turn staging and directing this family
treat, perfect for young ones.
For tickets ($17), go online to
www,pantochino.com or purchase them at the door. Performances are
Friday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and
Sunday at 2 p.m. For an added treat, purchase a "Sweet Cupcasions," a
sprinkled cupcake on a stick.
Will Cinnamon Bear save the day and
help July and Jimmy find their beloved family silver star? Tune in to
Radio Station WJBJ and find out what Mr. Coot learns about holiday
spirit. This new musical was inspired by a real radio broadcast more
than seven decades ago.