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forty years ago, Dale Gutzman and music director James Valcq
created an alternative to conventional Christmas entertainment in Milwaukee.
The first "Holiday Punch" opened at the Skylight Theater,
soon to be followed by "The Return of Holiday Punch", "Son
of Holiday Punch", and "Industrial Strength Holiday Punch."
The fast paced, vaudeville like comedy
and music revue moved to Vogel Hall for many years, then to Alverno
College. When Off the Wall Theatre opened, "Holiday
Punch" found a permanent home. Over the years, we've made fun of
holiday traditions, local politics, hit movies, television shows, national
events, people, places and things. We've done our own versions of The
Nutcracker Ballet and The Christmas Carol. We've had guest stars
galore. And no audience in town ever laughed harder than the "Holiday
So this was it, Folks! Your last chance
to enjoy the crazy antics and splendid singing of the Off the Wall
Gang in all their glory.
What we had lined up for you was everything
from parodies of Barbra Streisand to "Okalahoma!"
Skits about modern technology, politics
and Pokemon. And an Irish Dance Spectacular. Songs include: "Santa
Baby," "Let it Snow," "I'll be Home for Christmas," "The Christmas Waltz,"
"Dem Bones," "Happy Days are Here Again," and many many more. There
will be a tribute to the return of "Cats" on Broadway, and several
mentions of "Hamilton!"
The Cast along with writer, Director
Dale Gutzman included long time Punch regulars, Jeremy C. Welter,
James Strange and Lawrence j. Lukasavage, and the talented
David Flores. Show stopping females included Maura Atwood, Zoe Schwartz,
Donna Lobacz, Kayla Salter, and Sandy Lewis. David Roper
as Technical Director rode shotgun over the whole shebang. And lest we
forget, the amazing musical Director for the show was Clint Peterson.
Clint handled the keyboard for many and many a Holiday Punch in the old
days. Along with Clint was percussionist Colin O'Day. For the special
New Years Eve Show, Box Office Manager Donna Welter prepared a feast
of food and drink for the audience.
Not Just The End Of The World As We Know It.....
The End Of Holiday Punch!