Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus and if you have any doubts, just jingle your way over to the Connecticut Cabaret Theatre in Berlin weekends until Saturday, December 19. Hopscotching around the globe, from Ireland to Holland to Australia and plenty of spots in between, you will learn tidbits and anecdotes about the upcoming celebration that will amuse and amaze you as “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)’ shakes its merry bells.
This holiday comedy created by John K. Alvarez, Michael Carleton and James FitzGerald, with original music by Will Knapp, is guaranteed to put you in the festive spirit. Grab a sprig of holly or mistletoe, drizzle some tinsel in your hair, pop on a red or green glow-in-the-dark nose and you’ll be all set to party hearty.With a trio of energetic elves, Rick Bennett, Will Dayton and Joshua Luszczak, prepare yourself for a hodgepodge of your favorite holiday characters from Tiny tim to Cindy Lou Who to Clara and her best Nutcracker to Reindeer (or Reingoats) run amok. Rick, Will and Josh are your genial, gregarious and even ghostly guides to the beloved heroes and heroines, villains and victims of storybook land.Come meet a Santa’s elf who refuses to makes toys but would rather fill a cavity or drill a molar. Learn how and why fruitcake has such a bad rap as the unbest Christmas gift ever. Watch what happens when Ebenezer Scrooge from Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” gets mashed like sweet potato into a figgy pudding with George Bailey and Clarence the wannabe angel from “It’s a Wonderful Life,” complete with a super voiced Jimmy Stewart. If you drink a few cups of spiked eggnog, it will all seem even funnier. Be prepared for a stocking full of laughs as Artistic Director Kris “Kringle" McMurray puts his trio of Santa’s helpers through their jolly and joyful paces.For tickets ($30), call the CT Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 Webster Square Road, Berlin at 860-829-1248 or online at wwwctcabaret.com. Shows are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7:15 p.m. Remember to bring goodies to share at your table or plan to buy desserts and drinks at the cabaret bar.Think the Three Stooges in tutus and stocking caps and you’ll be all set for a ton of holiday fun with the CT Cabaret.