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Celebrating the Holidays WINTER WONDERETTES Style

IMG_0302Aluminum trees, tinsel, colorful lights. It must be Christmas.

Christmas 1968, that is. The day after Thanksgiving, QCT will usher in the holiday season by transporting audiences back 47 years for the biggest holiday party around.

Yep. You heard us. We’re taking audiences back in time to experience the holidays 1960s style. But don’t worry; you won’t need a Delorean to get to this shindig. All you need is a little bit of holiday sparkle.

That’s because this party is hosted by The Wonderettes, the fantastic female singing group at the center of the retro musical comedy WINTER WONDERETTES. This spunky foursome—played by local actresses Amy Looten, Kristen Houston, Kat Roderick, and Tina Moyer— is the entertainment for the Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. And for the past month, we’ve been busy transforming the theatre into the set for this holiday celebration.

IMG_0435From the beginning of the production process, it was our goal to recreate the look and feel of the 60s for this flashy holiday party. Everything is getting a makeover for this Mad-Men era musical. On any given night you can see the production team hard at work, bringing a long forgotten twinkle and warm holiday glow to our time. Our costume coordinators, Susan Scholz and Terri Stutheit, have been busy transforming modern evening gowns into chic, 1960s party dresses. And what gorgeous dresses they’ve created! Hairstylists are working to create perfect behives and bouffants for the ladies, giving them a bygone flair. Tech Director Paul Denckla has designed a hardware store decked out for the holidays, aluminum tree and all. Our properties team has been busy finding presents you might have actually gotten in 1968. Remember that Barbie car or the original Operation game. You see those and even more goodies under the Harper’s Hardware Christmas tree.

And, as a special added surprise, Artistic Director Brandon Thomsen is working with volunteers to decorate the lobby so that it has a fun, 1960s holiday feel. All of this is being done to make it feel like you’re actually there. You’re actually attending the Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. You’re actually part of the fun. Given the nature of the show—and the unpredictability of the wonderful ladies at the heart of it—you actually could be!

Mix in the cool, retro versions of your favorite holiday songs such as “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” “Santa Baby,” and more classic tunes, and you’ve got a timeless show that would be an absolute hit in 1968 as well as now.

Aluminum trees, tinsel, colorful Christmas lights. Yep. We’ve got that.


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