A Rubicon Family Christmas

Though Andy Williams and his fancy sweaters are nowhere to be seen, the Rubicon company misses little else this corny Christmas delight. Not a word of spoken dialogue or patter interrupts the flow of holiday music beautifully sung by seasoned professionals Joan Almedilla, Dina Bennett, Teri Bibb, Trey Ellet, Anthony Manough and Brian Sutherland, joined by a chorus a talented children. The first half is pure secular Americana, from a Drifters version of “White Christmas” to A Judy Garland-worthy “Have Yourself a Merry Little...” to a goofy medley of Santa, Frost and Rudolph. Act 2 moves into some sacred and some emotional numbers, most beautiful being Ellet’s rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “River” and Bibb’s astounding soprano voicing of “Oh, Holy Night!” Musical Director Gerald Sternbach and his small combo never miss a beat or note, bringing musical bliss. Brian McDonald’s Currier and Ives-inspired set, perfectly illuminated by Jeremy Pivnick’s lighting, arouse joy to this world of Yuletide fantasy. Rubicon Theater, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura; Sun., 2 & 7 p.m.; Wed.-Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 8 p.m.; through Dec. 27. (805) 667-2900.
Sat., Dec. 5, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m.; Wednesdays-Fridays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 & 8 p.m. Starts: Dec. 5. Continues through Dec. 27, 2009


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