Sun 9 Dec 2007
“O jest unseen, inscrutable, invisible/ As a nose on a man’s face or a weathercock on a steeple!” — Shakespeare
The cast of Winter Moon Fireside Tales (from left): Susan Santiago, Eileen Puppo, Christina Lucas, Marta Zanovollo, Norma Schliftman, Laura Alderdice (who is also musical director), and Nina Howard. The director (not pictured) is Tina Taylor of Inverness.
Winter Moon Fireside Tales has to be the most underrated dramatic performance Point Reyes Station has staged in years. The show that opened tonight, Saturday evening, in the Dance Palace was wonderful theater, but it drew an audience half as large as its cast. Four ticketholders!
What a missed opportunity to see a highly enjoyable musical production complete with fabulous storytelling. Puppeteer Norma Schliftman, the mother of Point Reyes Station physical therapist Amy Schliftman, is alone enough to make the show worth attending. Performing with a puppet on each hand, Schliftman masterfully sings a duet with herself of Wouldn’t It Be Loverly? from My Fair Lady.
The second performance will be this Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m., and I hope some of you Sunday-morning blog readers will try to see it. Bring a Spanish-speaking friend. Marta Zanovollo, a native of Argentina, tells her tale entirely in Spanish.
Framing the drama, seven actresses repeatedly fight their way through blizzards, warm themselves by the fire, and sing bridges between the tales. One of their songs is Rosemary Clooney’s 1951 hit Here Comes Suzy Snowflake, and the cast (with Christina Lucas featured as Suzy) does a great job with it.
Unfortunately, publicity for the show featured the song’s name rather than Winter Moon Fireside Tales, and apparently Here Comes Suzy Snowflake sounds so insipid for an evening of theater that people stayed away in droves on opening night.
Please do yourself and the Dance Palace Theatre Group a favor: see the second performance at 4 p.m. this Sunday of Winter Moon Fireside Tales and let your friends know the show is far more sophisticated that they might think from the publicity.
Epilogue: Sunday’s attendance was approximately 700 percent of Saturday’s. Sounds like word of Saturday’s fine performance was beginning to get around before curtain time.