Ann Arbor Theater Turns Again to its Inner Brit for the Holidays

Theatre Nova Presents 'The Year Without a Panto Claus'

BY ENCORE MICHIGAN STAFF

Theatre NOVA presents the world premiere of "The Year Without a Panto Claus" by Carla Milarch and R. MacKenzie Lewis, running now through Dec. 31.

2017 was a bummer of a year. When Santa gets depressed, he decides to pack it in and disappear. Two of his elves search far and near looking for some genuine Christmas cheer. Arriving at a few decidedly un-Christmas-y locations, they face the wrath of the Heat and Snow Miser twins, the tropical town's grumpy citizens and a mysterious Russian bombshell named Vixen. Bring the whole family to laugh, boo, hiss and sing your way through another fun-filled night of heroes and villains, updated pop songs, holiday favorites and merriment.

"The Year Without a Panto Claus" features Ramona Burns, Lisa Michaels and Scott Screws and is directed by Melissa Freilich. The production and design team includes R. Mackenzie Lewis (music director/composer), Forrest Hejkal (scenic design), Cal Schwartz (costume design), Allan McMillan (lighting design), Becky Fox (props) and Michelle Resnick (stage manager).

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $20, $10 for kids (16 years and under). Theatre NOVA continues to make theatre accessible by offering pay-what-you-can tickets for those who need them.

For tickets, visit http://TheatreNOVA.org, call 734-635-8450 (Tuesdays through Fridays from noon -- 3 p.m.), or buy them in person at the box office one hour before showtime.
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