Sunday, December 14, 2014


                                   Mr. and Mrs. Claus Celebrate the Holiday

All aboard the Santa Claus Express leaving from the Milford Center for the Arts (and a former train station) until Sunday, December 28, a perfect departure point for the whole family.  This original musical production, "Christmas at Santa Claus Station," is a brand new holiday gift from Bert Bernardi for book and lyrics, Justin Rugg for music, Jimmy Johansmeyer for colorful costumes and Von Del Mar for welcoming set.  Pantochino Productions is known for its original works that are guaranteed to delight and entertain.

It's almost Christmas Eve and there's a crisis at Santa Claus Station.  The train to the North Pole isn't working so how is  the jolly red hatted man going to get home in time to load his sleigh and deliver all the children's presents.  The trusty train conductor (George Spelvin) is in a tizzy.  He quickly assembles Santa's Elite Team Mr. Bells (Jimmy Johansmeyer), Miss Bows (Rachael Dugas) and Mr. Baubles (Justin Rugg) in the hopes they know the right magic to solve the problem.

The trio is soon joined by Santa's elegant elves, Sparkle (Olivia Foley), Twinkle (Thea Ryan), Holly (Meg Cardi), Merylee (Hannah Kupson) and Twice (Tyler Panck), who come up with some clever ideas to save the day.  Trying to help are the holiday twins Marianne Bright (Kylie Poggio) and Judith Lights (Cassie Gerace) and their talented friends Miss Flake (Ashley Ryan Lord) and Mr. Trimatree (Jeremy Tortora).

To add a giant measure of urgency to the cause, Mrs. Claus (Shelley Marsh Poggio) is soon joined by the big man of the moment himself (George McTyre) who need to get home immediately. Before you can say "Merry Christmas" three times quickly, a pair of strangers arrive at the holiday train station, a super chatty Stella Amblecantor (Dani Corrigan) and her anxious protective mom (Dale Allen) who may just have the solution to the pressing problem.

Come watch how Bert Bernardi directs this charming Christmas tale with clever characters and happy tunes.  For tickets ($20 at the door, or online $18 at, the shows will be held at Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue, Milford.   Performances are Friday, December 19 at 7:30p.m., Saturday, December 20 at 2 p.m. and Sundays, December 21 and 28 at 2 p.m.

Let the Christmas spirit choo-choo-choo and chug-chug-chug along to create happiness and joy for the whole family.

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