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Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse is offering a huge buffet,overflowing with delicious favorites just in time for theholidays.

And there’s food, too.

Circa’s holiday revue, “Holly Jolly Christmas,” is a performancesmorgasbord, numbering about 40 different songs (not to mention sixto eight more in the Bootleggers’ preshow) that range fromtraditional favorites to newer songs to unfamiliar-yet-well-donestuff to a couple of movie-musical songs that somehow get wedgedin.

After a dazzling intro, the show is divided into four parts -the first of which takes Santa and Mrs. Claus (played by real-lifemarried couple Kevin Grastorf and Autumn O’Ryan) to Christmasaround the world, with French, Spanish, Irish and HawaiianChristmas songs. The second is a family Christmas that escalatesinto a children’s fantasy. The third has a 1950s-’60s TV varietyspecial vibe, and the latter recreates the Nativity scene, albeitwith a ballerina.

Besides the Clauses and a pair of kids – Ali Girsch, GrantOsborn, Mackenna Janz and Cole Bizarri trade off the roles – thecast includes 10 singer-dancer-actors, including familiar faces LizMillea (spending much of her time onstage as a flirtatious femmefatale) and Andrea Moore (whose roles include the fourth assistantelf, Nutmeg).

Several other performers shine, including Justin Droegemuelleras an airport-snowbound dad in “Christmas Eve in My Hometown” andas the annoying elf Eggnog; Jennifer Stone’s “Christmas All Overthe World” and Joseph J. Baez, who provides much of the comicrelief as well as an impassioned “Mary Did You Know?” whichintroduces the Nativity sequence that includes a reading of “OneSolitary Life” by an all-too-stern narrator.

Director-choreographer Norb Joerder navigates well through mostof the night, including Santa’s peppermint schtick dialogue andnumerous Quad-City-ccentric punchlines, and he directs the dancingcast in some energetic numbers.

The script by Ty Stover and music arranged by JR McAlexanderfrequently tries too hard to be all things to all people. Withinits time frame, it attempts to be a Lawrence Welk episode, have agoofy international view, make hearth-and-home statements aboutChristmas, capture the excitement of children, do a flat-outvariety show and make a statement about the birth of Christ.

If you’ve got the appetite for it, by all means indulge ineverything that “Holly Jolly Christmas” has to offer. But you mayfind the goodies on the plate are stacked just a little toohigh.

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