For those looking for an exciting, non-traditional holiday show, ON THE NAUGHTY LIST by Prima Theater promises to be the freshest show of the season. “Think of it as a mix between a holiday gig with a comedy and a provocative TED talk,” says Prima executive art producer Mitch Nugent.
The all-new show features two singers and a speaker supported by projections, special effects and set pieces from Atomic Design of Rock Lititz. Live vocal performances include Donovan Hofer (America’s Got Talent) and Asia Littlejohn (Lincoln Center soloist). Both were recently featured in the Prima production of “Queen / Journey”.
The show features contemporary pop and holiday songs, as well as a unique digital musical appearance by the Bright Side Baptist Church Choir. April Mae Davis is the speaker, graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with her MFA in Acting. She shares the hilarious and provocative speech that is the entire storyline.
The premise of the show is that the people on the “Villain List” are changing the world. “Which raises the question of which list we want to be on,” says Nugent. Mitch Nugent wrote the screenplay in collaboration with Sara Dodson (Prima staff) and international production playwright Emily Goodson. Digging into the electrifying backdrop of the Christmas story leads to some enlightening revelations about what it means to be human. In a non-religious way, ON THE NAUGHTY LIST offers a dose of inspiration and universal energy for the season.
While the premise is poignant, comedy prevails throughout the show. “There is so much absurdity in the holidays,” said speaker April Mae. “Let’s share the joke together! Let’s sing together a crazy version of 12 days of Christmas. Let’s share wild gifts! Let’s look at the European tradition of placing a little pooping figure in nurseries. What is it about ? ?! “
For those who aren’t put off by soft adult language or a progressive perspective on a biblical character, culturally adventurous patrons of all ages will enjoy this show. Masks are mandatory for the public, and strong safety and disinfection protocols are in place at the theater. ON THE NAUGHTY LIST plays Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., December 3 to 18. Tickets start at $ 42 and are mostly seated at private tables. Details are available on primatheatre.org or by phone at (717) 327-5124.