The musical is an adaption of the 2007 animated feature film of the same name, and this production makes wonderful use of the original images from the film that are projected on the back screen. It's a very effective device to set the scene, carry the story forward and give the production a unique "look" that honors the original film.
The story is simple: Years before, Christmas, Santa and the official Doler Out Of Lumps of Coal for naughty children (Krad, play by Billy Breed) had a falling out. Santa didn't want any punishment for any kids while Krad demanded accountability in order to keep things in balance. Santa won and in revenge, Krad stole away Santa's magic sack of toys thereby mading Christmas disappear. Enter our heroine, Sophiana, a poor orphan who, armed with hope and faith and a magic star, sets off to retrieve the sack and bring back Christmas. She's joined in her journey by an elf, a young reindeer (Prancer's grandson), a polar bear (hilariously played by Erik Stein) and a smooth-talking, raffish boulevardier fox (played by George Walker, who's worth the price of admission alone).
Together the little band confronts Krad, convinces him that Santa has seen the errors of his ways, that the universe needs both accountability as well as kindness and love, and, ta-da! Christmas again returns.
Like everything PCA does, this show is wonderfully done and is a great way to kick off your Holiday. So, grab the kids, or, if you don't have kids, become a kid yourself and take yourself down to Santa Maria to see it.
Meanwhile. . .Saturday, Dec. 6, from noon to 4 pm. SLO Roasted Coffee Company is having their annual Holiday Open House on Los Olivos St. here in Los Osos. There's free coffee sampling, a roasting demonstration, raffle prizes, discount coupons for coffee purchases, and, if memory serves, a discount for all coffee purchased that day.
And Saturday Dec 13, the Los Osos Christmas Parade, starting at 10 a.m. after which, head down to the Community Center for the annual Wish & Needs fund-raiser for the Maxine Lewis Homeless Shelter. This is the big annual event that does Los Osos proud, so after the parade, be sure to go get a hot dog, check out the silent auction and other goodies, and stop off at the big donation jar and give generously.