For the fifth year in a row, a cheering crowd was dazzled by the extraordinary talents of ordinary folk at three sold-out performances of the Townie Holiday Extravaganza at the Provincetown Theater on the weekend of Dec. 16-18. The show was hosted by the effervescent Tawny Heatherton, alter ego of the theater’s Artistic Director David Drake, sporting an array of tawdry yet festive minidresses as she introduced the acts.
The show featured rousing group numbers, drag performances, a stirring recitation of “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” an interactive storytelling segment, flutists, a sister act, cellists, poets, singers, dancers, Santa Claus, and even a nun (most likely not a real nun — the silver go-go boots were suspect) who turned little slips of paper where audience members had jotted down their guilty holiday pleasures into a hilarious rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas, plus many more.
The performers were Mark Boucher, Christopher Brooke, Stephen Carey, Jadah Carroll, Chanthoeun Collins, Craig Combs, Ryan Ferguson, Susan Goldberg, Paul E. Halley, Jake Jacob, V.A. Kenyon, Kenneth Lockwood, Thom Markee, Eric Maul, William Mullin, Linda Ohlson-Graham, Katie Pentedemos, Kurt Reynolds, John Shuman, Anne Stott, Peter Toto, and Frank Vasello. David Drake directed, with musical direction by Todd Alsup. —James Judd