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'Nuncrackers' Opens for Small Crowd, Still Full of Fun

Whitecliff Summer Playhouse continued its season with a Christmas musical comedy to chill down the heat wave.

Director Al Book perhaps said it best.

"We picked the hottest day in St. Louis so far this year to open a Christmas musical," Book said. 

Book is the director of Whitecliff Summer Playhouse's second production of the season, "Nuncrackers: A Nunsense Christmas Musical." The show opened June 28 and continues through July 1 with nightly shows at 8:15 p.m.

Although Book and several others present at Thursday's performance agreed attendance was significantly lower, the St. Louis heat wave didn't stop some loyal crowd members from making it to in 100+ degree weather.

Kevin Kickham, an avid attender who's been to every Playhouse show for the past five years, arrived early ready to continue his tradition.

"It's a bargain," Kickham said. The $5 cost for adults and $2 price for children makes for what Kickham called "a deal."

Laura Weis, helping out behind the scenes, agreed. "Once you're in a show, you keep coming back," she said, in her 6th year of involvement with the Playhouse.

The "Nuncrackers" musical revolves around a Christmas theme full of laughs and holiday cheer to go around. Audience interaction from a mostly adult cast who seemed unfazed by the high temperatures kept the somewhat small crowd engaged.

With some adult content, a few jokes may go over a younger viewer's head, but the interesting props and costumes and high-energy "nunsense" add to the interpretation of a Catholic convent's go at a Christmas radio show recording.

If you're planning on swinging by for the show or any other Whitecliff Summer Playhouse performance this season, come with lawn chairs or a blanket to enjoy the evening. Tickets go on sale at 6:30 p.m. the evening of each performance. Concessions are also available throughout the show.

The rest of the 2012 season features "The Drunkard's Revenge: An Old-Time Melodrama" July 12-15 and "Fiddler on the Roof" July 26-29.

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