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‘Glitz!’: Christmas pageant musical back in Milford

November 20, 2018

Pantochino Productions Inc. doesn’t just bring holiday shows to its Milford Arts Council home venue in downtown Milford; it creates them.

The original holiday musical “Glitz! The Little Miss Christmas Pageant Musical” will open Friday, Nov. 30, and run through Dec. 22 — after creation at Pantochino in 2012 and playing theaters around the country since.

The family-friendly musical with book and lyrics by Bert Bernardi and music by Justin Rugg is a spoof of glitz pageants. The host, Shayde Shames, is at the center of tinsels, tiaras, girls with big hair and, of course, their ambitious mothers. Amid the drama, the true spirit of the holiday season (surprise!) eventually wins out.

In a news release, Bernardi describes the show as a “mash-up of ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ and ‘A Christmas Carol,’ It’s a smart, funny and heartwarming holiday show for the entire family,” he said. The shows feature cabaret seating and the audience is invited to bring food and drink.

Milford Arts Council, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford. Nov. 30-Dec. 22. Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. with a special 5:30 p.m. show on Saturday, Dec. 1. $22. Pantochino.com

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