Pec Playhouse stages Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas

PECATONICA—Pec Playhouse Theatre presents Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas, based on bestselling author Robert Fulghum’s stage production. The play will run Nov. 17-Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays and the last two Saturdays, Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, at Pec Playhouse Theatre, 314 Main St., Pecatonica.

The sequel to Fulghum’s wildly popular All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas takes a funny, heartwarming and often poignant look at the struggle to find the spirit of the holidays amid the avalanche of commercialism, stress and chaos that crashes down every December. The play is an evening of vignettes presented in storytelling format, in the same manner as Kindergarten. Some vignettes are funny, others are moving; but every story is charming. The entire show is sure to evoke those “cozy up to the fire and hear a story” feelings that mark a good, old-fashioned holiday celebration.

Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas, adapted by Ernest Zulia and David, was created after producers, pleased with the success of Kindergarten on stage, pressed Fulghum to develop a holiday piece. A two-act review, it incorporates 16 hilarious and uplifting stories relating to the holidays and four original songs, as well as many familiar holiday tunes. Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas is a refreshing alternative to the usual holiday fare of A Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker.

Among the many delightful stories is one about a small immigrant child who comes trick-or-treating in a cheap Santa mask just a few days before Christmas, inadvertently delivering the true meaning of the season to a grown-up with a serious case of “Scroogitis.” In another, you’ll laugh at the hilarious musings about a love/hate relationship with the vibrant poinsettia that arrives in most homes every December and hangs on and on and on, long after the holidays have ended. Also included is a beautiful, deeply moving tribute to the winter solstice, a celebration of nature’s precious annual gift of rebirth.

Making her directing debut with Pec Playhouse Theatre is Stephanie Portzer, a Rockford resident who has been involved in several past productions with PPT. Stephanie brings a variety of acting, directing and production experience to this show, including her work with Second City in Chicago, various film and television projects around the country, as well as her most recent position as production manager for PPT’s summer show, Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge. In true community theater style, Portzer’s cast members hail from surrounding communities, including Pecatonica, Winnebago, Shirland and Durand.

If you’re in the mood for a heartwarming holiday experience, but have seen the traditional shows more times than you can count, you’ll definitely want to see Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas! Its storytelling format is cozy and delightful, and each story will have you nodding your head in empathy.

Tickets are $10 for all seats. For more information, go to the Web site or call 239-1210.

From the Nov. 15-21, 2006, issue

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