MOLINE, ILLINOIS (November 20, 2023) — The Black Box Theatre opens their holiday show The Ho, Ho, Ho Show, December 7, at the downtown Moline theatre.
Written by Cheryl Coons with music by Eric Lane Barnes, Michael Duff, Beckie Menzie, and Tom Sivik, the cabaret-styled show features a potpourri of song styles, from jazz to Doo Wop.
“I heard about the show many, many years ago through my brother who is friends with Cheri,” said Black Box Co-Founder Lora Adams. “When I had The Evergreen Theatre in Lake Geneva, WI I asked if they could expand the show into a two-act musical. They did, and it had a wonderful run.” Now, many years later Adams contacted Coons about going back to the original cabaret version. “Cheryl updated some lyrics to reflect the time we live in, and we now are getting ready to put it on at The Black Box.”
Songs include “Chia Pet,” “Mrs Clauses Lament,” “Mistletoad,” and “Carol of the Bells,” which the script points out kills more singers each year due to lack of oxygen. “The show is just a tongue in cheek look at the holidays, with a heavy dose of sentiment thrown in for good measure,” said Adams.
The cast features returning BBT performers including Kirsten Myers (All is Calm), Jacqueline Isaacson (Hello Dolly, Ride the Cyclone), Taylor Lynn (Ride the Cyclone), Kira Rangel (Natural Shocks), Roger Pavey Jr (Hello Dolly) and Tyler Henning (Hello Dolly). The show is directed and choreographed by Andrea Moore with music direction by Karl Bodenbender. Costumes and set design will be done by Lora Adams.
The show runs December 7 to 17 and tickets are available at theblackboxtheatre.com. Wisenheimer Improv takes over on December 15 so The Ho, Ho, Ho Show returns on December 16.