Sunday, December 13, 2015



Getting into the holiday spirit can be accomplished in any number of ways, from shopping for the perfect gift for everyone on your Christmas list, to hanging tinsel and ornaments on your tree, to making donations to any one of many worthy causes. No one will dispute that one of the yummiest ways to welcome the festive season is to bake up a batch of delicious Christmas cookies, like peppermint sugar cookies, chocolate krinkles, or the tried and true gingerbread men.

Master bakers Bert Bernardi, for recipe book and clever lyrics, and Justin Rugg, for merry music, have concocted a brand new holiday surprise, with Pantochino Production's "Christmas Cookies! The Musical." The Milford Center for the Arts will be festooned in red and green and silver finery weekends until Sunday, December 27 and what a delicious way to treat the family to some appetizing fun.

For five years, Pantochino has been delivering original musicals and this one may be the most delectable ever.  What do you do when a wonderful old-fashioned bakery falls on "crummy" times?  A little girl writes a sincere letter to Santa asking for help and that assistance comes in the perfect package of a trio of gingerbread girls, Mary Mannix, Shelley Marsh Poggio and Phoebe Wright, who come to life to sing their way to save the bake shoppe, run by Maria Berte as Mrs. Baker.

Once again Jimmy Johansmeyer has gone fashionably wild to dress the cookie girls in holiday happiness, with colorful sets by Von Del Mar, sparkling lighting by Jeff Carr and smashing sound by Nathaniel Dobas, all under the careful care of stage manager Jeff Therkelson.

The large ensemble cast also includes Johansmeyer, Dale Allen, Rugg, Cassie Gerace, Andrea Pane, Anya Caravella, Hazel Foley, Morgan Taylor, Thea Ryan, Dani Corrigan, Jaxon Beirne, Olivia Foley, Justin Cavone and Hannah Kupson.

For tickets ($18 online, $20 at the door), go online to or visit 40 Railroad Avenue South, Milford for performances Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.  Saturday at 2 p.m. are "party performances" and are cabaret style with tables and chairs, so you can enjoy your own foods and drink during the show on Saturday, December 19.

Come take a big bite out of this heavenly confection as a trio of Christmas cookies come to the rescue in a most delicious and magically  musical way.

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