WESTERLY— Scott Morency has the perfect suggestion for those of you hoping for an infusion of holiday cheer: catch a performance of “A Christmas Survival Guide” at the Granite Theatre.
“People will walk away feeling good about Christmas and the Christmas season,” said Morency, the Coventry resident who is serving as both director and musical director for the musical revue, which opens Friday. “There are a lot of laughs.”
Once described as “one of the funniest Christmas musical revues around,” “A Christmas Survival Guide” is full of songs and vignettes depicting familiar scenes of the holiday season. Think Christmas shopping.
It’s definitely a comedy, Morency said, but one that shows people trying to cope with the stresses that accompany the fun and the joy.
“It’s sort of a funny but sarcastic take on the season,” he said. “And there's a lot of great music.”
“I’d say it’s seventy-five percent music and twenty-five percent dialogue,” said the Morency
From a scene starring Elvis to another featuring a youngster meeting Santa to the office party, the show shares plenty of messages about the true meaning of Christmas to help “get one through the holidays without therapy sessions.”
Morency, a familiar face on the Granite stage, said the production is something of a family affair.
His 11-year-old son, Caeden (who did a superb job playing Young Scrooge in last season’s “A Christmas Carol,”) plays the young boy meeting Santa in the show, and his wife, Tiffany, plays the flute as part of the band.
“It’s a great alternative to ‘A Christmas Carol,’” said Morency, who not only directed last year’s production of the Dickens classic, but also played the roles of the Ghost of Jacob Marley and Old Joe.
Also appearing in “A Christmas Survival Guide” are Jessica Gates, Courtney Littlefield, Denise Lacharite, Nicholas Lombardo and William Pereira. The show was conceived and written by James Hindman and Ray Roderick with musical arrangements by John Glaudin.
“A Christmas Survival Guide” runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., except Sunday, Dec. 24. Tickets are $25, $22 for patrons 62 and older, and $15 for children.
“We’re ready to open on Friday,” Morency said.
Visit granitetheatre.com for more information or call 401-596-2341.