Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Winnie-the-Pooh with a tale about a tail

From left: Leora Mazumdar, Tristan Bonds, Olivia Kaufmann, Julia Adams, Carly Speno.

If you’re near Old Folsom during the holiday season, do make it a point to see “A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail” at Stage Nine, especially if you bring children from toddlers on up. The beloved characters created by A.A. Milne find new adventures in a charming musical by Carol Weiss, but get reservations fast. The one-hour show is playing to sell-out houses.

Set in a mountain forest, the Christmas story revolves around a dejected donkey named Eeyore, who can’t get into the holiday spirit, even before he finds that his tail is missing. But he’s surrounded by loving animal friends, almost like a family, who help him search for the missing body part. They also exchange simple gifts, including a broken balloon and an empty honey pot.

Played on an eye-catching set by performers in a delightful parade of colorful costumes, what distinguishes the show is the cast. All youngsters from the teens on down to eleven, they sing and act like seasoned pros, with poise and spot-on comic timing. And they’re adorable. You have a hard time resisting an impulse to jump up on stage and hug them all, including Tigger the tiger.

Call (916) 353-1001 for reservations and tickets, or click the title of this post for a detailed review and more information in the El Dorado Hills newspaper Village Life. Or you can visit Stage Nine at

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