The public was first introduced last year to two colorful characters on the Prospect Playhouse Theatre stage who, along with a large cast, brought the Playhouse Family Christmas to life.
Grizz the cat, played by Gabrielle Wheaton, and Frizz the mouse, played by Sue Howe, are once again asking families to join them for an evening of Christmas cheer. They are joined by reindeer, elves and even Santa himself as they make their way through a soundtrack of familiar seasonal carols.
Last year, Grizz was not exactly in the Christmas spirit. In fact, he just wanted to be left alone to read his paper by the fire. However, Frizz and a good number of carolers were having none of it. They ended up dragging him, kicking and screaming (somewhat) into being a part of the festivities.
Of course, in the end, he could not resist the merriment of it all, and sang along with the others.
This year, we catch up with Grizz and Frizz again and the setting is Christmas Eve, just as it was the year before. What magical surprises await them and you? Ah, well that’s what you’ll have to discover when you attend the show. Expect to see the familiar elves and reindeer, along with some new characters and surroundings sure to delight young and old.
There will no doubt be singalongs, as there were before, and hopefully Jolly Old Saint Nick will make an appearance at some point.
Sue Howe is pulling triple duty again this year as the writer and director of the show and playing the part of Frizz. Although it’s clearly a lot of work, she really enjoys it and is looking forward to opening night.
“The Frizz and Grizz characters that I created last year are back to bring some Christmas cheer to the Cayman community,” she said. “We had such a great response to our show last year and we hope that people will come out again this year to enjoy this one hour of happiness with us.
“[Following] the success of last year’s show, it was a given that I would write another Christmas Show with our beloved duo Frizz and Grizz. It’s a whole new show with a bigger cast that includes some new characters. We hope the production will delight you and put you in the Christmas spirit.
“We have a wonderful, hardworking and good-natured cast and crew, and I also couldn’t have done it without my assistant director and fellow cast member, Hannah Howe, who has put in countless hours helping to bring this to the stage.”
Bring the kids
Not all the wonderful sights at last year’s show were restricted to the stage. The expressions on the faces of the children in the audience were priceless, particularly when Santa made an appearance. They had already been singing along enthusiastically when the elves invited everyone to join in, but Santa was the icing on the cake.
As he made his way up the aisles of the theater, many pairs of little eyes followed him in wonder.
Shows: Nov. 27 and 28, Dec. 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for special Christmas treats. Matinees: Nov. 29, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. for special Christmas treats. Buy tickets online at www.cds.ky or call 938-1998.
This year, we catch up with Grizz and Frizz again and the setting is Christmas Eve, just as it was the year before.