November - December 2013
Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten
Directed by Carol Rumba
It’s Christmas time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the Futrelle sisters (Frankie, Twink, and Honey Rae) are not exactly in a festive mood. A cranky Frankie is weeks overdue with her second set of twins. Twink, recently jilted and bitter about it, is in jail for inadvertently burning down half the town. And hot-flash-suffering Honey Rae is desperately trying to keep the Tabernacle of the Lamb’s Christmas program from spiraling into chaos. Things are not looking promising. Miss Geneva, the ousted director of the previous 27 productions, is ruthless in her attempts to take over the show. The celebrity Santa Claus, played by Frankie’s long-suffering husband Dub, is passing a kidney stone. One of the shepherds refuses to watch his flock by night without pulling his little red wagon behind him. And the entire cast is dropping like flies due to food poisoning from the Band Boosters’ Pancake Supper. When Frankie lets slip a family secret that has been carefully guarded for decades, all hope for a successful Christmas program seems lost, even with an Elvis impersonator at the manger. But in true Futrelle fashion, the feuding sisters find a way to pull together in order to present a Christmas program the citizens of Fayro will never forget. This hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!
Show Dates 2013:
November 29th 30th
December 6th 7th 13th 14th 20th 21st
Review: Whistling Idiots hits the ground running with 'Over the River and Through the Woods'
Courtesy of M-Live - Published: Friday, September 27, 2013 8:47 PM
Pati LaLonde | MLive.com
BAY CITY, MI — Laughter, a few tears, an impromptu sing-along, ending with a standing ovation kicked off of third season opener at Whistling Idiots Comedy Dinner Theatre.
Under the direction of Sue Lombardo, a cast of Idiots veterans and newcomers kept the almost sold-out audience at “Over the River and Through the Woods” engaged throughout heartwarming comedy about an Italian-American New Jersey family whose life centers around family, faith and food.
Taking place in the Gianello home, where the family gathers for dinner every Sunday, the plot centers around grandson Nick who has been offered a job in far-off Seattle and his grandparents who want the status quo.
Written by Joe DiPietro, this play offers up a slice of life happening in dining rooms across the country.
The cast includes Shawn Finney as Nick; Jerry Lombardo playing opposite his wife Sue Lombardo, as Frank and Aida Gianello, respectively; Steve Steer and Carol Rumba as Nunzio; and Emma Cristano and Cassandra Honson as Caitlin O'Hare.
Scene-stealer for the evening is Jerry Lombardo playing Frank, giving a performance that is not only loud, but loveable as he ponders not only losing his grandson, but his car keys.
Not to say the other cast members didn't hold their own with this hugable character. Sue Lombardo's Aida thinks there isn't anything that can't be handled with a good meal, whipping up a man-size sandwich, a 3-pound lasagna, spaghetti and various desserts at the drop of a hat.
While Aida cooks, Emma attends church and brings Mass cards to all the gatherings.
While the grandparents pull out all the stops to keep Nick at home, it's the character of Nunzio who is keeping a secret that could well do the trick.
When the grandparents' meddling sends Nick to the hospital, he takes a look at what he has and what he will be giving up. Ah, the lesson to be learned.
Proving Aida isn't the only one who knows her way around the kitchen, the staff at Mornin' at Maggies serves a meal that any grandmother would be proud to serve.
Heading off the beaten path, Rod Nimtz and crew offered the audience an Italian meal of lasagna, veal-stuffed tortellini, chicken Parmesan, mussels and clams, steam vegetables and warm apple crisp for dessert.
All in all, the two-act, two-hour play came off without a hitch. The cast did so well, the audience joined them in a chorus, “Yes Sir That's My Baby” before offering up a standing O at the conclusion.
If you go
What: "Over the River and Through the Woods"
When: 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. show Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 19
Where: Whistling Idiots Comedy Dinner Theatre
Tickets: $37 for adults, $34 for senior citizens, $20 show only
Info: 989-893-2000, Whistling Idiots