Enjoy adult-smart, kid-friendly sketch comedy and entertaining musical skits in “The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged),” which is presented at the Adobe Rose Theatre from November 23 through December 9 and performed by Dylan Reilly Fitzpatrick, Mariah Olesen and Koppany Pusztai.
This second annual presentation takes last year’s script written by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor and updates its political and social references to reflect current events.
“It’s a vaudeville, tongue-in-cheek show,” explains Olesen, who is also the show’s director. “All of us sing in it, and we play the ukulele and coffee mugs.”
“The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)” is about what happens when three people who decide to put on a Christmas pageant and hire acts to perform in it discover that none of the acts show up and they have to present the pageant by themselves.
The hardest part of the show for the actors may be the 15 costume changes they have to complete in a matter of minutes when they present their Christmas pageant.
Oelsen, Fitzpatrick and Pusztai are three thespians who met at Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) and thoroughly enjoy working together.
Originally from Sheridan, Wyoming where she attended Sheridan College and studied classical violin, Oelsen moved to Santa Fe to major in musical theatre performance at SFUAD.
A native of Oklahoma, Fitzpatrick came to Santa Fe to study musical theatre at SFUAD and regularly works as an actor and musician around town.
Born in Hungary and a U.S. resident since 2005, Pusztai graduated from SFUAD with a degree in acting last May.
“The show involves lots of audience participation,” Fitzpatrick says. “At times we gently harass the audience.”