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Home For The Holidays

A Christmas Coffeehouse

Home For The Holidays
Friday, December 13, 1996 James Walker

We had done a few Christmas Coffeehouses as fund-raisers for our Coventry Choir tours, beginning in 1992. My vision for those was quite simple: use some choral arrangements of mostly-secular carols, have the choir stand up front and sing them, intersperse with a few solos, entertain the congregation with something different than liturgical Advent music and earn some choir scholarship funds. Sweet.

Paul Dupree brought a whole new genre to our life with Home for the Holidays. The whole process, from the very beginning, was so engaging to the members of Coventry Choir, as they each chose a character they would like to be.

Paul brilliantly wove those characters into a vibrant, fully staged/choreographed, entertaining, moving and altogether joyful extravaganza. I will never forget it and still enjoy watching the recording.

Many happy memories ... and a big, fulfilling stretch for all of us.

Date & Time Friday, December 13, 1996
at 7:30 PM
Location All Saints Church
132 N. Euclid Avenue
Pasadena, California 91101
OrganSchlicker Organ, 1962
  • James Walker
    James Walkerconductor, piano
  • Cast in order of appearance
  • Michael Ellison as the World’s Ugliest Christmas Tree 
  • James Walker as Lawrence of Arabia 
  • Timothy Howard as Tim
  • Terrence R. Moore as Shakespearean Actor 
  • Melanie Jo Boyer as Little Bo Peep 
  • Marilyn Colyar as Martha Stewart 
  • Steve Kellogg as ALH84001
  • Harry Prince as Calvin
  • Wendy Edwards s Hilda
  • Jill Larson as Little Red Riding Hood
  • Mark Edwards as Sven a Swedish chef
  • Phyllis Porter as Peggie Leigh 
  • Christine Mackey-​Mason as Angel
  • Kathy L. Nixon as DeeJay the cat
  • Jack LeVan as Choir Historian/​Photographer
  • John Bitrick as David Bowie 
  • Cynthia Nickell as Rose Parade Judge 
  • Lynn Karoly as Julia Child 
  • David Shochat as Peter Schickele 
  • Ron Rogge as Charlie in the Box 
  • Andrew Walsh as Rose Parade Float 
  • Susan Houser as Susan, an exchange student in Germany 
  • Kathy Jacobson-​Trebes as Tabby Cat 
  • Renee Mohnmann as Wicked Witch of the West
  • Sara Camp as Madame Lucia Renata DiVicenzo Rigatoni Manicotti 
  • Gloria Pitzer as Cleaning Lady 
  • Thomas Burns as Tom
  • Ann Spier as Mrs. Crachit 
  • Ralph Perry as W.C. Fields
  • Courtney Smith & Jamie Schlessman as Elves & Flutes 
  • Dan Hall as Linus
  • Diana Palmer as Diana
  • Karen Rice as Tanya Rice 
  • Hope Bacon as Tigr
  • Clancy Rowley as Kermit
  • Dan Lozier as Dan
  • Tom Schultz as Cookie
  • Jerry Beale as Tiny Tim 
  • Scott Wedgbury as The Japan Incarnation 
  • David Spier as David
  • Edla Scharre as Edla
  • Michael Reynolds as William Clark 
  • Leslie Inman as Christmas Tree lights 
  • Paul Dupree, stage director 
  • Stephen Sondheim Into the Woods, from Into The Woods 
  • Irving Berlin Happy Holidays
  • Al Stillman, Robert Allen, arranged by Anita Kerr Home For the Holidays Marilyn Colyar
  • Meredith Willson, arranged by Mac Huff It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas/​Pine Cones and Holly Berries
  • B.G. DeSylva, Lew Brown, Ray Henderson Button Up Your OvercoatDuet: Mark Edwards, Wendy Edwards
  • Dick Smith, Felix Bernard, arranged by Mike Kocour Winter Wonderland
  • E.G. Anschuetz O Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum)
  • Welsh New Year’s Eve carol arranged by Brian Holmes Deck The Halls
  • Mann Curtis, Frank Military Christmas Auld Lang Syne Solo: David Spier
  • Joan Javits, Phil Springer, Tony Springer Santa Baby Solo: Phyllis Porter
  • Pat Ballard, arranged by Ed Lojeski Mr. Santa Melanie Jo Boyer, Wendy Edwards, Kathy Jacobson-​Trebes, Lynn Karoly, Kathy L. Nixon, Phyllis Porter, Ann Spier
  • Mel Tormé, Robert Wells, arranged by Walter Ehret The Christmas Song
  • Irving Berlin, arranged by Mark Brymer Snow Michael Ellison, Steve Kellogg, Jill Larson, Renee Mohrmann, Cynthia Nickell, Kathy L. Nixon, David Shochat, David Spier, Andrew Walsh
  • Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn, arranged by Jeff Funk Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!
  • Irving Berlin White Christmas Solo: Michael Reynolds
  • Jimmy Osmond It Never Snows in LA Solo: Steve Kellogg
  • Johnny Marks Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree Solo: Leslie Inman
  • Sheldon Harnick, Joe Raposo Christmas Gifts Solo: Michael Ellison
  • Frederick Silver The Twelve Days After Christmas Duet: Terry Moore, Harry Prince
  • Irving Berlin Let’s Start the New Year Right Duet: Cynthia Nickell, Andrew Walsh
  • Frank Loesser What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? Duet: Cynthia Nickell, Andrew Walsh
  • Kim Gannon, Walter Kent, arranged by Steve Zegree I’ll Be Home For Christmas
  • arranged by Mason Darnall Silent Night PREMIERE

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