WCSU to stage ‘Holiday Hideaway’ in December

Holiday Hideaway posterDANBURY, CONN. —The Department of Theatre Arts at Western Connecticut State University will stage an original holiday tale scripted by alumnus Anthony DePoto, of Milford, in December. “Holiday Hideaway” will be performed at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013; and 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8, 2013, in the Berkshire Theatre in Berkshire Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Tickets will be $15 for adults and $10 for children, and can be purchased by phone at (203) 837-TIXX, online at www.wcsu.edu/tickets or at the door.

“Holiday Hideaway” is the story of a diverse group of people trapped in a vacation resort right before the holiday season. All of the guests — a newly married couple and their children, an athlete, a carefree elderly woman and a man completely devoid of the holiday spirit — have been brought there by a mysterious entity. Desperately in need of some seasonal cheer, the vacationers begin to see things in a new light due to an unexpected turn of events.

The musical review will feature classic holiday songs such as “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” “All I Want for Christmas is You,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “Jingle Bells” and more. The content is intended for children of all ages.

The play is directed and choreographed by Amy Jones with musical arrangement and direction by Tom Cuffari.

The cast includes Austin Carnes, of Southbury, as Jack Frost; Jared Starkey, of Columbia, as Doug; Jordan Andrews, of Fairfield, as Debbie; Matthew Johnson, of Trumbull, as Stu; Eric Gomez, of Prospect, as Jake; Frankie Anne Marcille, of Mystic, as Bobbi; Jenn Bavone, of Watertown, as Bonnie; Melanie Capparelli, of Lagrangeville, N.Y., as Louise; Daniel Dressel, of Middlebury, as Gary; Casey Peruzzi, of Stratford, as Mabel; Leroy Walton, of Hamden, as Johnny; Tom Swets, of Poughqwag, N.Y., as Santa Claus; Myles Tripp, of West Haven, and Megan O’Callaghan, of Norwalk, as Elves; and Jordan Gorgano, of West Haven, Ryan Jepson, of Stratford, Clare Burke, of Goshen, and Victoria Atkin-Dahm, of Brookfield, as Carolers.

For tickets, call (203) 837-TIXX or go to www.wcsu.edu/tickets.


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