Santa will tell you that there’s plenty of Christmas literature out there, from A Christmas Carol to “The Gift of the Magi” and beyond. But this year’s edition of Stories on Stage’s Making Merry dramatic holiday readings will skew younger...and funnier. Sort of. The show will start off more seriously with veteran Denver Center Theatre Company alumnus Jamie Horton play-acting “Two of a Kind,” by Sean O’Faolain. And Julia Alvarez’s holiday memoir “Switching to Santiclo,” as read by Denver performer and Freak Train host GerRee Hinshaw, is not the lighthearted true story it starts out to be. But one thing’s for sure: When Buntport Theater Company’s Erin Rollman takes her turn with Lemony Snicket’s ironic children’s story “The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming,” the fun will begin in earnest.
The secret weapon? SOS artistic director Anthony Powell divulges that the three readers will be joined by musician Gary Grundei, whose own contribution to the show will be three original songs, including a take on Snicket’s snarky tale, a ditty about “The Twelve Thank You Notes of Christmas” and the reworking of an unnamed Christmas classic. “I’m going to keep that a secret,” Powell explains, "because it’s going to be a new Christmas classic.”
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See Stories on Stage today at 1:30 or 6:30 p.m. in the Seawell Ballroom, Denver Performing Arts Complex; for tickets, $25, visit storiesonstage.org or call 303-494-0523.
Sun., Dec. 16, 1:30 & 6:30 p.m., 2012