Collaboration produces 'Home for the Holidays'
A soldier has some adventures endeavoring to get home in Home for the Holidays, this year's edition of the annual Christmas show put on by Vaud-Villities Productions Inc.
The original musical will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, and again at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.
Vaud-Villities' home is the Northland Performing Arts Center, 4411 Tamarack Blvd.
Tickets for Home for the Holidays: A Christmas Spectacular are $16 for adults, $10 for children 12 and younger. They may be purchased at vvproductions.com.
Barbara Damiano is the managing producer and director for the show. She also came up with the original storyline with Cathy Cordy.
Mitzi Goldsmith adapted their work for the stage. Andy Colburn is the musical director for the production, while Goldsmith also serves as artistic director.
Although Vaud-Villities is famous for musical revues, Damiano said she and her collaborators wanted to hang the production numbers on more of a story. She and others began planning the show in September, getting together to write down on a chalkboard ideas about what the Christmas season means to them.
"We just put everything up there and it just fell into place," Damiano said.
Home for the Holidays follows a soldier who arrives in New York City and, in the course of trying do accomplish just what the title says, encounters others through flashbacks and in production numbers, including an older veteran who met his wife at a USO dance, and Rosie, a would-be Rockette.
"The actual show has a little bit of something for everybody -- singing, dancing, Christmas at different times and in different venues," Damiano said. "It's kind of really a love story."
One of the showstoppers, in Damiano's opinion, is the Christmas Shopping Blues, performed by the women's ensemble doing a dance pinwheel using donated Macy's shopping bags.
The 40-plus members of the cast come from all over central Ohio, including various Columbus neighborhoods, Westerville, Pickerington, Gahanna, Worthington, Upper Arlington, Bexley, Sunbury and Canal Winchester.
Principal performers include Stephanie Bier, Patrick Boggs, Taryn Barton, Olivia Sharlow, Ron Williams, Leah Gorey, Michael Stone, Robert Tannehill and Hannibal the dog, who belongs to cast member William Vaughn.