“Merryville” jingles with festive charm

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“You must never do a tango with an Eskimo, no, no, no.”

Mayor Crankypants, who is also the sheriff and deputy, has outlawed holiday cheer in Merryville. No decorations, no toys—only new taxes. Times are so tough, Merry Mary resorts to buying tools as presents for her students.

When a strapping young toymaker moves to town (with an elf at his side), the whole village buzzes with excitement. Will Kris finally bring Christmas back to Merryville?

Even by melodrama standards, the plot is fluff. But the songs (and singers) will bring a smile to your face.

Alicia Cuevas treads a delicate melancholy on “Where Are You, Christmas?” Jolene Howard throws herself wholeheartedly into elfish glee. Craig Howard clearly has a ball with his villainous money song.

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The night really gets going after the melodrama ends. Daisya Dowen and Bruce Littrell lead the audience in a festive sing-along, then the cast returns for comedy and crooning. The acts range from sweet to flirtatious to riotously funny, all with sparkling chemistry between performers.

“The 12 Pains of Christmas” tricks you into laughing louder with each round of building frustration. “Tango With an Eskimo” leans into the playful mischief of its premise. Kevin Morgan delivers a side-splitting Godfather homage. The cast even turns a holiday striptease on its head.

Just when you think the night’s all frivolity, they perform a haunting “Soul Cake” medley by candlelight.

If you’re looking to jump-start your Christmas cheer, then take a trip to Merryville.

Additional Notes:

Stephanie Bradley’s costumes set the holiday mood, from Kevin’s silly suspenders to Alicia’s elegant dress for “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The cast comes in different shapes, but she makes everyone fit together.

As always at Iron Springs, the actors collect tips after the show. Make sure you bring cash—they earn it.

“Have a Very Merryville Christmas” includes festively short skirts and a dash of naughty humor. We’d rate it an old-school PG.

Iron Springs Chateau
444 Ruxton Ave, Manitou Springs
Box Office: (719) 685-5104

Playing November 17 – December 23, 2017 (buy tickets)
Admission: $33 dinner package; $17 show only
Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

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