Holiday Musical Revue Santastic! at The Retro Dome
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In this modern masterwork -- critically praised as a unique mix of Oscar Wilde and Bertolt Brecht -- the great Irish writer George Bernard Shaw pits a military industrialist against his crusading daughter. She's a Salvation Army major; he's an arms manufacturer and whiskey distiller -- on certain issues, they could not disagree more. But when he begins donating money to her organization, matters come to a head as the characters grapple with questions of business, faith, family and philanthropy. After 16 years, A.C.T. brings Shaw back to the stage with this co-production with Theatre Calgary, one of A.C.T.'s favorite Canadian collaborators, featuring an international cast of Canadian and American actors. Learn More
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I wanted to like this show, I really did. Guggenheim Entertainment opened their Retro Dome venue following the demise of American Musical Theater of San Jose, and promised professional theater in a more intimate environment. Working in theater in the Bay Area myself, I'm always thrilled to support new local groups, and I was hoping that this group would fill some of the gap left by the death of AMTSJ. Reading their marketing blurb for Santastic, I was expecting a professional holiday extravaganza along the lines of a scaled-down Rockettes Christmas Spectacular or even AMT's Christmas Dreamland. Guggenheim obviously attended AMT's bankruptcy auction as evidenced by the recycled costumes and sets from Christmas Dreamland, but that's as far as it went.
Instead of high-powered musical productions numbers, Santastic featured a cast of just 7, mostly over-the-hill performers. Age and size shouldn't matter if the casting is appropriate, but it was embarrassing to watch most of the 7 try to play young and perky while stuffed into old AMT costumes several sizes too small. This was obviously a low-budget production with sets not quite up to the standards of most high school shows that I've seen, but the score by Tom Tomasello was excellent and the sound system was too. The original costumes for the show were actually quite clever.
The main problem here was that this show was aimed at the 10 and younger crowd but marketed for all ages. "All ages" (as opposed to "children's entertainment") usually means written for adults, but containing elements that children will enjoy. I went with a group of adults and we were the ONLY ones there without children in tow. It was mortifying. I really felt that they took my money under false pretences. I did feel that the target audience was very small. Younger children will enjoy parts of it, but it's long, some of it is over their heads, and some of the odd casting downright scary (I'll have nightmares about Santa's first appearance). Older children will have a ball. Adults will gag at the extremely corny and VERY wordy script's attempt to tie all the songs together.
The one positive comment I can make is that the performers were all VERY enthusiastic! No matter how lukewarm the audience's response, they kept putting 110% into their performances. Unfortunately, considering there were only 7 actors in the show and the wealth of talent there is in this valley, why couldn't they find people more suited for the parts? Only one of the 3 males could carry a tune, and only one of the females was obviously a "real" dancer (the cute one with the lisp). She also did an excellent acting job and had a lovely voice, while the voices of the others were good enough, but not great. Again, I'm judging this as an adult watching "professional" entertainment, not as a kid. A kid would have loved the tap dance number, for example, but an adult would know that the cast looked like a bunch of 8-year-olds at their first dance recital --- very basic. In general, the show was annoyingly over-acted, but that once again was geared for the kiddies.
In summary, this review may seem overly harsh, but I'm judging it as a professional holiday show, which was how it was presented in its ads. If it had been presented as a kiddie show, then my review would judge it accordingly.
Quotes & Highlights
- “Endearing!” —San Jose Mercury News
Santastic! is the fantastic, original, new musical starring Frosty, Rudolph, that mean one Mr. Grinch, a merry band of singing and dancing elves, and of course, Santa! Ring in the holiday season with Motown, big band, and rock 'n roll versions of all your favorite holiday tunes. There's audience participation, a sing-along and plenty of other holiday cheer packed into this fantastic -- make that, Santastic -- celebration of all things Santa. Whether you're an elf, a reindeer, a human or a snowman, Santastic! will dazzle guests of all ages with an eclectic score, beautiful costumes and enough snow to make Jack Frost shiver with delight!
The Santastic! experience will feature a 2-hour live professional musical theatre production followed by a meet-and-greet with Santa and his elves.