Western Herald – Christmas comedy musical to open at the Civic this weekend
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Christmas comedy musical to open at the Civic this weekend

John Campbell
A&E Reporter

The holiday season kicks off at The Civic Theatre in Kalamazoo with “Nuncrackers,” starting this Friday, Nov. 23.

“Nuncrackers,” directed by Nicki Poer, tells the story of a church’s taping of a TV special for Christmas and features both classic Christmas songs and songs written specifically for the show.

“It is so funny,” said Ben Zylman, Marketing Director for the Civic Theatre.  “It is filled with all kinds of wonderful humor.”

Zylman thinks that the humor of the show will appeal to everyone, including Western Michigan University students.

“I think, quite honestly, there is nothing like going to the theatre, especially downtown in Kalamazoo at Christmastime because we’re right across the street from Bronson Park and it’s so beautifully decorated for the holidays and there are wonderful restaurants downtown,” Zylman said.  “You get to see a holiday themed show, and I know for a lot of Western students, they’re away from home and it might be kind of hard to get into the holiday spirit.”
Zylman assured that the show won’t have any heavy or serious moments.
“At the holiday time, when stress levels can be a little higher than normal with everyone trying to find the perfect gift or complete the holiday preparations, it’s nice to have an evening where you can just sit back and laugh and listen to some great music and have a good time,” Zylman said.

While Zylman said the show is a couple hours of silliness, there are also resonant themes present through the show.

“We have great voices,” Zylman said.  “It’s a very talented cast, beautiful voices, great actors and actresses, and the nice thing about ‘Nuncrackers,’ not only is it really funny, but there’s a nice little message in there as well.”

Zylman expects that people will benefit from the themes present in the show, including, “That idea of really working and doing your best and kind of banding together in the face of adversity.”

But for those who don’t want too much weight in their comedies, Zylman noted that “Nuncrackers” is also loaded with double entendre.

“You just go ‘Huh?  Did they really say that?” Zylman said.  “Then you laugh out loud.”

“Nuncrackers” is just one show in a series of “Nunsense” musical comedies and is the only Christmas-themed musical in the series.

“People just love these ‘Nunsense’ shows, again, because they are slightly irreverent, they’re very funny, they’re heartwarming, and it’s just an entertainment that everyone can sit back and enjoy,” Zylman said.

Nuncrackers can be seen at The Civic Theatre in Kalamazoo on Nov. 23, 24, 30, Dec. 1, 7, and 8 at 8 p.m., Nov. 25, Dec. 2, and 9 at 2 p.m., and Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased at the box office, by phone at 269-343-1313, or online at www.kazoocivic.com.

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