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The Colors of Christmas

Written by Laura Kyro
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Soundstage Productions

Through December 1, 2007
Reviewed by Laura Kyro
Minions Café in Maplewood, Missouri, is offering evenings of entertainment most Fridays and Saturdays in December, 2007, presented by Soundstage Productions. A recent production was The Colors of Christmas Revue, featuring singers Helene Meyer, Kimi Short, and Ann Samarasekera, and accompanist Chris Petersen.

Minions is an intimate café at 7322 Manchester Road in the Maplewood strip, an area that after many years of decline is now showing a resurgence in popularity. New cafés, restaurants, and shops provide an atmosphere similar to the Delmar Loop area of University City.

The Colors of Christmas
was presented in very much of a family atmosphere, as though all present were at a holiday celebration and a few of the family members were encouraged to get up to sing some traditional, seasonal favorites.

After a tentative start, the trio of singers provided nice harmony with "Winter Wonderland," and "Mary Did you Know." Harmony was also very much in evidence in an a cappella rendition of "Carol of the Bells."

Kimi Short, an accomplished singer known for her musical comedy work around town, showed some personality with "Suzy Snowflake," and "Santa Baby", and also some nice emotion for "I'll Be Home for Christmas."

Ann Samarasekera sang "What Child is This" and presented a quiet, yet controlled "Merry Christmas Darling."

Helen Meyer was showcased with "Mary's Boy Child," "One God," and "The Christmas Song."

All three of the performers got in some fun with [I'm Gettin'] "Nuttin' for Christmas."

Musical Director and accompanist Chris Petersen, on the electronic keyboard, meshed well with the singers.

Other entertainment offerings will be available at Minions on Fridays and Saturdays through December, alternating with Linda Spall in her one-woman comedy show, Cooking with Marge.

For information, call 314-781-4800.

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