Jingle all the way as Gulfshore Playhouse kicks off the holiday season with Winter Wonderettes, a jukebox musical revue that promises to fill your hearts with festive joy. Under the direction and choreography of Dann Dunn, this merry and interactive show runs Nov. 16 to Dec. 17 at the Norris Center, 755 8th Avenue S. in Naples.
In the charming setting of a small-town hardware store, Winter Wonderettes features a delightful quartet, channeling the spirit of the Andrew Sisters, and treating the audience to timeless Christmas classics in delightful four-part harmony. These talented ladies, Missy (Erin Burniston), Cindy Lou (Lily Kren), Suzy (Grace Solomon), and Betty Jean (Rosalie Burke), are here to entertain the “staff” played by the audience at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. Expect lovely performances as they work their musical magic, boosting employees’ morale and rescuing the holiday party after staff hear some unexpected news.
Why Winter Wonderettes is a must-see:
- It’s a completely family-friendly show, with any subtle adult humor going right over kids’ heads, keeping the experience PG.
- The live band adds an extra layer of excitement and holiday spirit.
- The 1960s costumes and hairstyles are sure to evoke nostalgia, adding to the charm of the show.
- Audience participation is key, as you’ll find yourself immersed in the lives of the characters, singing along to your favorite iconic songs and bracing for unexpected surprises.
- Winter Wonderettes is part of Roger Bean’s series of Wonderettes shows, but stands strong on its own without context from the others.
Dann Dunn, artistic associate for Gulfshore Playhouse, leads this production with enthusiasm: “A love letter to the holidays, this festive jukebox musical is sure to get your toes tapping as you enjoy some of your favorite holiday tunes sung in four-part harmony with the excitement of a live band. At a time when we could all use a bit of levity and light, it has been such a joy it has been to work on this show with this incredible company. We are delighted to gift this charming offering to Naples all tied up in a bow… and a lot of hairspray.”
Bring your holiday spirit and loved ones for an unforgettable experience. Winter Wonderettes is a must-see for the holiday season!
The design team includes music direction by Trevor M. Pierce, scenic design by Kristen Martino, costume design by Hunter Kaczorowski, lighting design by Dalton Hamilton, sound design by Damien Figueras, and production stage manager Danny Kuenzel.
Tickets are now on sale and start at $40. Discounted tickets are available for patrons under 35; educators; families composed of two adults and two children; active military, veterans, first responders, and their immediate families. Tickets can be ordered online at gulfshoreplayhouse.org or by phone at 239-261-7529.