PHOTO: The 2013 edition of the
The show imagines a trip to
Madeline Baretta, Green Bay; Everette Berchmans, Green Bay; Zephyr Ciesar, Fish Creek; Akeem Edmonds, Chicago; Brian Falk, Belgium; Tanner Lundquist, Sister Bay; Lauren Pavlik, Green Bay; Kathryn Sauter, Appleton; Sadie Smith, Peru, Ill.; Logan Thomas, Baileys Harbor
Kent Paulsen, director, pianist; Emily Paulsen, Aaron Reynolds, Kent Paulsen, choreography; Alex Sudbrink, audio and lights
“O Christmas Tree”
“Rockin’ Around Christmas Tree”
Songs of Faith Hill, Josh Groban, Maria Carey
“March of the Toy Soldiers”
“Mama Mia” and “Dancing Queen” from “Mama Mia”
“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”
“My Grown Up Christmas Wish”
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
“O Holy Night”
“Night of Silence”
The structure of the show is solid, with sections nicely fitting song themes. The section set at St. Patrick’s Cathedral is especially suited for reverence in a Christmas production at a religious-based institution.
Movement is a breeze with wireless microphones, with the sound quality enhancing the delivery of songs. The troupe looks good, too, with the women wearing black dresses in the first act and turquoise in the second and the men in tuxes, including a color match of their ties to the women’s turquoise dresses in the second half.
Director Kent Paulsen does a yeoman’s job supporting the singers on piano. He’s quite the musician and show producer.
Individual talent is showcased, most notably in a Trans Siberian Orchestra rush of piano and electronic keyboard playing by Tanner Lundquist and Kent Paulsen. Invigorating.
Speaking of invigorating, Zephyr Ciesar applies her rock-gospel voice to open the finale, “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee,” with the rest of the troupe joining for the burst of exuberant song and dance that brought the audience to its feet on opening night.
VENUE: Seating at round tables is for approximately 100 in the Hendrickson Dining Room on the second level of
THE NAMES: The Hendrickson Dining Room refers to community leaders and benefactors Philip and Betsy Hendrickson. Philip Hendrickson was president, CEO and chairman of the board of Krueger Metal Products (now KI). The Hendrickson Professorship for Business recognizes St. Norbert faculty who help students understand the positive role of business and the importance of business ethics. The Bemis center was built in 2001, with major funding from the Bemis Company Foundation. The packaging company dates to 1858.
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