Last Minute Christmas Tix for Saturday!

Hello all you blogians. Just a quick note to let you know that we had two last minute cancellations for Saturday the 20th. We have six tickets available for the 1pm show-only matinée ($25 each) and ten tickets for the dinner show ($39.84 each including tax). Doors open for the dinner show at 5pm and dinner is served at 6:30 pm followed by the show. If you know of anyone who would be interested please pass the word along. Tickets can be bought online at www.thenewhuntington.com or by phone at 260-454-0603.

Also - check out the article in yesterday's Herald Press about The Christmas Show below or by clicking here!

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Kyla Performer Kyla Schoer touches up her make-up before a Supper Club Christmas Show performance.

Cast members bring heart, personality to Christmas Show

By MIA BLOCHER, H-P Staff Writer Wednesday, December 17, 2008 11:23 PM EST

The Supper Club Christmas Show has been the most popular New Huntington Theatre production to date. Some eager viewers have traveled from as far as Indianapolis and Chicago and Co-owners Rich Najuch and Joel Froomkin estimate over 1600 people will see the show by the end of the holiday season - more people then all of their summers shows combined.

The show features Froomkin, Stephanie Joiner, Brendan Maroney, Justin Banta and Kyla Schoer, performing a unique combination of traditional carols such as “O Holy Night,” seasonal favorites like “White Christmas,” and more unusual pieces such as “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.” The broad song selection even ventured into parody with “It's the Most Fattening Time of the Year” and “The Twelve Days After Christmas.”

Froomkin says he and Najuch tried to tailor the song selection to the talents of the cast.

“Had we not found someone like Stephanie, who has a very strong classical voice, I would not be doing numbers than utilize that,” Froomkin explained. “If I didn't have someone who is as strong of a comedienne as Kyla is, we wouldn't be doing two of the numbers that she does.”

Each performer sold their various characters to the audience, particularly Joiner's portrayal of the sensuous, spoiled brat in “Santa Baby” and Banta and Schoer's “budding romance” in “Baby It's Cold Outside.” And judging by the laugher echoing throughout the room, it's doubtful whether anyone present will forget Maroney lisping his way through “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.”

“I thought it was absolutely wonderful. [The New Huntington Theatre] is what Huntington has needed for a long time,” Secretary to the Commissioners Kim Heaston said. “[The Christmas Show] made me a little emotional a couple of times with some of those songs.”

County Commissioner Larry Buzzard enjoyed the show so much he attended twice.

“[Froomkin] and [Najuch] do a wonderful job. They do a lot for the community,” Buzzard said. “I'm fully supportive of their endeavors and couldn't be happier with everything they've brought to the community.”

Schoer and the other performers were pleasantly surprised by the generosity and welcoming nature of the people of Huntington.

“People just like to give to us,” Schoer said. “We've had people thanking us for giving them holiday spirit,” Schoer said. “[That's] something totally new to us. [People here] are just really generous with strangers.”

Tickets are still available for the December 20 Supper Club Christmas Show matineé. To purchase a ticket or for more information call the New Huntington Theatre box office at 260-454-0603.tire against kings and other popular figures that they would crack a nut for a common coal-miner. In fact, in France many nutcrackers resembled Napoleon for quite some time.

She also told the children of a German quote that translated to “God give s us the nut, but we have to crack them ourselves.”

With the Christmas Extravaganza, the library wanted to do more than tell a story. They also wanted to tell something that was true.

“That's how it is in life [especially] this time of year,” said Holst. “We want something fun but also practical.”

Holst said that at some young ages it's difficult to know the difference between a story and truth.

“We were not only telling the story but also the facts behind the story,” she said.

It took the library 17 employees to put this event together. The story-telling began five years ago with The Polar Express, and planning begins pretty much as soon as summer reading starts, though they are already making plans for next Christmas.

The story telling and crafts are done throughout December for schools and churches, but Tuesday night was for anyone in the community.

“The parents enjoyed it as much as the kids and that's important for programming like this,” Holst said.