The Heritage Theater’s Christmas presentation this year will feature two one-act holiday musicals by Jim Christian and Kenneth Plain, “Five Carols for Christmas,” and “Jingle Jacks.”
The first act, “Five Carols for Christmas,” takes place in 1954, featuring five best friends—all named Carol, each with a different spelling —preparing for their holiday gala at the local community center - on the worst weather day of the year. When the power goes out just as the women are rushing off for their performance, the plot becomes not only complicated, but absolutely hilarious. The intervening mayhem (no murder) provides the fun. They start in a living room and end up on stage. The act features 4- and 5-part harmony singing of 5 fabulous friends who know how to celebrate it up right. The piece will be nostalgic to many of us who lived through the 1950s, and totally entertaining for everyone.
The second act presents a balance for the first act. It is the wild and crazy tale of four musical lumberjacks.You-Tube stars who broadcast from the Canadian wilderness, and are known as the “JingleJacks”. JingleJacks begins with a variety of young lumberjacks returning from a day in the woods to prepare for their live, on-line, boy-band show. Their performances include a variety of styles — rap, barbershop, classical quartet, Irish and Russian carols, to name a few. They also sell a variety of merchandise related to their boy-band songs and individual members; locks of hair, calendar, etc. Did we mention their program is a variety show?