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Rave Reviews For NTC 2012-2013 Season
A Christmas Carol
“LIKE “THE NUTCRACKER,” “A Christmas Carol” is a time-honored holiday tradition that will be performed by several Bay Area companies over the coming month.
Novato Theater Company has just opened a unique musical version of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic in the company’s temporary home, the auditorium at St. Vincent’s School. Adapted by director and choreographer Blanca Florido in collaboration with composer and musical director Andrew Klein, NTC’s “Carol” adheres closely to Dickens’ original while expanding key scenes with song and dance.:
“Novato Theater Company’s production of ‘Nunsense’ is a seamlessly produced two-hour laugh-riot as delivered by a rowdy bunch of nuns.”
“Patrons entering the plush 32Ten Studio Theater in San Rafael may think they have the wrong show. The soda-shop stage designed by Michael Walraven contains the neon lights of the classic hit musical “Grease” and the soundtrack to match.
A closer scrutiny reveals a small pink sign at center noting that this is a “talent show” presentation of the Sisters of Mt. Saint Helens in Hoboken, NJ. Wisecracking nuns with big smiles ad-lib with the audience and add to the confusion. They announce that this is a fundraiser to bury the last of their order’s nuns who have died from eating tainted convent fare. They launch into a madcap song explaining what happened and why they are here. Kudos go to director and choreographer Carl Jordan for setting the evening’s laughter into high gear with the clever music and lyrics by Dan Goggin. It’s no surprise that the original “Nunsense” continues to pack ‘em in and has spawned six sequels off-Broadway.”