Gypsy's Christmas Eve Masquerade: Caroling, Skits, Refreshments, and Fun at the Lyceum
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The last date listed for Gypsy's Christmas Eve Masquerade was Monday December 24, 2007 / 8:00pm.
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This show was produced by "THE GYPSYS" out of "ORPHEUS SOUND STATION OEI" production studio. If you are open to "edgy" productions, you might not totally dislike this group.
We were entranced by the Gypsy's Christmas Masquerade concept, and eagerly enhanced our dress with the requisite masks, looking forward to a unique and entertaining performance. Well, it WAS unique. (Ahem)
In our estimate of the performance we saw, however, the paucity of talent on the stage was surpassed only by the failure to have a script, and the main character's continual begging for the audience's forgiveness as the "actors" (and we use the word very loosely) had only rehearsed for (and I quote) "5 minutes before the show". This was more than evident. At one point our group identified the "music" being sung or played in three separate keys simultaneously, plus one key that has not been heard in Western music before. Unfortunately, most of the singers seemed unable to remember the words to many of the songs, even though these were the traditional popular Christmas songs. Long periods of awkward silences, no transitions, dead time, embarassing performances, confusion on stage. There was no staging.
The main character's complete lack of charisma was enhanced by his self-absorption, moments of accidental singing in-key, and his totally confused "performance".
The theater was virtually empty, perhaps some 30-50 seats filled with what appeared to be mostly family, friends, and free-give-away tickets. Unfortunately, we paid for our tickets.
In their defense, the piano player was the only discernible talent, and quite good for what we could hear. Of course, she was on stage for a short period of time. The costumes were cute, but mostly of the men's mail-away fantasy catalog variety. The girls were cute, but they seemed awkward on stage much of the time. The black and white tri-fold program was not actually distributed until the break, but it well designed. The program stated that net proceeds from this event would go to "some orphans" in Uganda. Unfortunately, I cannot believe there were any net proceeds.
This entire show would have been embarassing at a drunken fraternity debauchery.
It is possible that the second half was better, but our group, (comprising some 10% of the audience) unanimously and spontaneously choreographed an exit during the intermission. The exit was the highlight of the show.
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I have to echo the previously posted comment. My companion left at half-time (only theater events have intermissons) and I would have if I hadn't been waiting for their return, thinking they were in the powder room. The biggest disappoinment for...continued
Come one, come all to a masquerade-style caroling event, with traditional Christmas songs and a new twist on an old holiday –– masks, skits, refreshments, and more. Take a mini-break from the rush and push of Christmas cares to laugh and sing. Find out How Dr. EQ Interrupted Christmas and who the Gypsys are and how the Minions play a role in shaping the future of music. Everyone must be masked to enter … or pay a fine for exposure!