A forty year
Christmas tradition
in Milwaukee
has come to an end.

Dale Gutzman
and Off The Wall Theatre

December 2016

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Almost 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 Punch" crowd. 

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.

It's Not Just The End Of The World As We Know It.....
It's The End Of Holiday Punch!