HUDSON — Unlike the whimsical, funny, religiously diverse or semineutral holiday shows presented at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre in years past, this year's show, "A Show Palace Christmas Spectacular," which opens Saturday, is largely religious and will likely warm the hearts of those who prefer a Christ-centered show.
The first act sets the mood and is called "That Magical Feeling of Christmas." About half of its numbers are secular — Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bells, (There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays, Frosty the Snowman, among others — and the Santa-dominated 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, with a couple of rap breaks. But the rest of Act 1 and all of the second act, "The Nativity," could have come straight out of the Broadman Hymnal.
The songs and dances will be performed by a multitalented, 13-member cast, decked out in colorful costumes and directed and choreographed by Jill Godfrey, with music direction by Mark Pennington.
The cast includes some Show Palace favorites — Ramaad Morris and Patrick Marshall, who mesmerized audiences with their singing and dancing (Mr. Bojangles) in the Show Palace's recent Give Our Regards to Broadway; Alyssa Elrod, Steve Jones, and Colleen Campbell, who have sung and danced their way through that and several other Show Palace productions; Casey Weems (Cassie in A Chorus Line); Jay Goldberg (Mingo in Crazy for You); Ralph Prentice Daniel, who hit the high notes in Give Our Regards; Trey Getz (Give Our Regards), and Vince Orabona (Bobby in A Chorus Line).
Newcomers include Danae DeShazer, who hails from Sarasota and has played Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Maureen in Rent and Violet in Side Show; Lisa Revis; and Kristina Miranda Sloan, who has played Magnolia in Show Boat and Dolly in Annie Get Your Gun.
"Join the Show Palace Dinner Theatre family as we reminisce on our favorite holiday memories and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year," said Jennifer Mara, the theater's business manager.