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Pewter Plough treats audiences to holiday helping of Broadway song

Cast members for the Pewter Plough Playhouse production of “Broadway Belles & a Beau,” left to right, front row: Jeff Walters, Ali Burkhead; second row: Janice Peters, Viv Goff, Robin Disbrow; standing: Susan Hay, Anita Schwaber, Beth Marshall, Janine Elich.
Cast members for the Pewter Plough Playhouse production of “Broadway Belles & a Beau,” left to right, front row: Jeff Walters, Ali Burkhead; second row: Janice Peters, Viv Goff, Robin Disbrow; standing: Susan Hay, Anita Schwaber, Beth Marshall, Janine Elich. Special to The Cambrian

The Pewter Plough Playhouse continues its tradition of presenting musical shows during the holidays with “Broadway Belles & a Beau,” a performance featuring 30 songs from shows that have appeared on Broadway from 1922 to the present.

The engagement begins with a preview performance Friday, Nov. 27, followed by a Champagne Opening Gala the following evening. Performances will continue on Friday and Saturday evenings, with Sunday matinees, through Dec. 20.

Janice Peters is doing double duty, performing while also serving as director of the show.

“I chose Broadway show tunes as the theme because they have such long-lasting and universal appeal,” she said. “Many of these songs I first learned as a child, and still enjoy singing. The fact that they are presented out of the context of their show stories changes our perception a bit and makes us appreciate the songs as individual works of art.”

Jeff Walters is the one male (the “Beau” of the title) in a cast that includes eight women ranging in age from schoolgirl Ali Burkhead to veteran chanteuse Viv Goff.

Each cast member has at least two solos, while also participating in group numbers.

Selections performed by Peters and Anita Schwaber highlight their vocal abilities, while Janine Erlich and Beth Marshall offer some comedic song interpretations.

Playhouse newcomers Robin Disbrow and choreographer Susan Hay complete the cast in a show that features some holiday songs — on which audience participation is welcome.

Other selections range from funny (“I Cain’t Say No” and “Happily Ever After”) to brassy (“Hello, Dolly” and “All That Jazz”) to poignant (“Send in the Clowns” and “The Wizard and I.”)

Peters is no stranger to the musical revue genre, having created and produced the Morro Bay Fundraiser Follies for five years. She also performed for several years in the annual Women’s Shelter fundraisers at the Madonna Inn.

“The best part of a revue format is giving the cast the opportunity to perform their favorite songs from shows that may not be produced locally, like one of my choices, ‘When You’re Good to Mama’ from ‘Chicago,’ which is still running on Broadway and therefore unavailable.”

This production and the entire 2016 season at the Pewter Plough are dedicated to playhouse founder, director and player Jim “JB” Buckley, who died Sept. 23 at the age of 102.

The Pewter Plough Players will hold a celebration of his life Dec. 5, a day after what would have been his 103rd birthday.

The Pewter Plough Playhouse is located at 824 Main St. in Cambria’s West Village.

Tickets are $22 or $17 for students with ID are $17. Preview performance tickets are $17. Admission to the Gala Opening (including Champagne and desserts after the show) is $30. Call 927-3877 for reservations.

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