Reviewed by Amalisha HuEck
Do you have a Christmas wish? Do you wish to reinvent yourself? A fascinating and inspiring
story told by Alison Zatta and Valen Shore, Chriskirkpatrickmas: A Boy Band Christmas Musical' at the Actors Company will give you the magic of a dream becoming reality. In the form of a musical parody, a story is told through singing, dancing and switching identities. A captivating and wonderfully talented cast goes through 12 original songs effortlessly and tells the story with great enthusiasm and lots of passion.
The story is set on Christmas Eve 2009, when Kirkpatrick aids in formation of his identity, and dreams to find an extremely successful boy band; therefore, reinvent yourself through singing, dancing and not ordinary but very cleverly orchestrated lyrics. His dream began to take form when he met the 14 year old Justin Timberlake, a teen singer looking for a connection for his expression. During the evening Marky Mark (Alison Zatta) becomes Mark Walberg, who is brought down to earth as an angel to offer guidance to Chris Kirkpatrick and assist Chris in making his dream become reality for as long as it lasts.
A new musical set by Pacey's Creek CHRISKIRKPATRICKMAS blends some *NSYNC history with the holiday spirit and gives birth to the briskly alert and animated group songs for all performers, as well as individual song arrangements that make the evening full of excitement and success.
The fine ensemble of 7 members includes:
Valen Shore (Chris), Riley Rose Critchlow (Lance, Brody, and others), Elizabeth Ho (Joey, Joseph, and others), Emily Lambert (Lou, God, and others), Mia-Carina Mollicone (J.C., Barista Mary, and others), Nicole Wyland (Justin and others) and Alison Zatta (Marky Mark).
Music Director/Arrangement is done by Taylor J. Williams, Sound was designed by Josh Millican, Lili Fuller is the production's choreographer, Michaela Moldon - lighting designer, the stage manager
Hannah Cairo, a Director/Producer - Valen Shore & Alison Zatta... This musical will leave you with a heart full of light, love and joy.
The Production runs through December 11, 2022, with performances at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Actors Company is located at 916 N. Formosa Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046. NOTE: For possible extension, check website www.chriskirkpatrickmas.com..
For information and reservations, call 323-201-7050 or go online. Tickets are $45.