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By • Dec 16th, 2008 • Category: Reviews
An American Century Christmas
American Century Theater
Gunston Arts Center, in Arlington, VA
$28/$25 Students, Seniors
Through Jan. 4th

This is the Show Biz Radio review of An American Century Christmas performed by American Century Theater in Arlington, Virginia. We saw the performance on Saturday afternoon, December 13, 2008.

An American Century Christmas is a musical revue compiled by Jack Marshall, Thomas D. Fuller, and Kathryn Fuller. American Century Theater audiences are getting a special gift this holiday season: An American Century Christmas, a new musical special full of old classics, Christmas chestnuts, memories, laughs, tears and Christmas spirit. It’s a reflection on how America celebrated Christmas between 1900 and 2000, the century that gave us the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular and Macy’s Parade, “White Christmas” and the Grinch.

This was a fun Christmas revue that allowed the audience to get involved as well. The troupe of ten performers looked like they were enjoying themselves. There was dancing and trivia that kept the audience engaged. Each scene revealed something about the historical events that shaped Christmas in the American pop culture from 1900 to 2000.

Mick Tinder portrayed the Master of Ceremonies. He kept the flow of the show moving along at a nice pace and did well interacting with the audience during the trivia quiz. Each of the actors (Mick Tinder, Patricia Tinder, Steve Lebens, Kathryn Fuller, Scott Kenison, Glenn White, Adam Juran, Bill Gordon, McCall Noelle Doyle and Ann DeMichele) played several characters from classic movies or sang classic holiday songs. There were scenes from such favorites as It’s A Wonderful Life, The Grinch, A Christmas Story, The Homecoming. Later the cast recreated the old stand by, A Christmas Carol, that everyone knows (or loathes) with a new twist of doing the entire show in 90 seconds. This brought an appreciative laugh from the audience.

The setting was a living room all decked out for the holidays. The set is used for ACT’s Life With Father which opened before Thanksgiving and will close in January. During the Christmas season it is being used for this production of An American Century Christmas. The set designer is Trena Weiss-Null.

The costumes were also very time appropriate. There were everyday clothes, bright red and green long gowns, even a cowboy outfit in which Mick Tender as Gene Autry sang one of his Christmas favorites. The costumer was Rip Claassen.

An American Century Christmas ran almost two and a half hours with one intermission. It is playing through January 4th at Gunston Arts Center, in Arlington, Virginia. This is an entertaining and educational revue for young and old.

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And now, on with the show.

Cast

  • Ann DeMichelle
  • McCall Noelle Doyle
  • Kathryn Fuller
  • Bill Gordon
  • Adam Juran
  • Scott Kenison
  • Steve Lebens
  • Mick Tinder
  • Patricia Tinder
  • Glenn L. White

Crew

  • Producer: Ann Marie Plubell
  • Director: Jack Marshall
  • Assistant Director: Kathryn Fuller
  • Stage Manager: Rhonda Hill
  • Musical Director: Tom Fuller
  • Set Designer: Trena Weiss-Null
  • Lighting Designer: AnnMarie Castrigno
  • Sound Designer: Bill Gordon
  • Costumer: Rip Claassen
  • Technical Director: Michael Null
  • Program: Michael Sherman
  • Photographer: Micah Hutz

Musicians

  • Piano: Alvin Smithson
  • Rehearsal Pianist: Larry Kolp
  • Arranger: Loren Platzman
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started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.

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