Hosted by a youthful and sassy Mrs. Claus, the North Pole’s 238th Annual Talent Show features such skills as improv comedy, rapping and aerial ribbon dancing. There’s even a three-piece funk band made up of retired reindeer.
“It’s as much a talent show as it is an office party,” says Lex Davis, the show’s other director.
In addition to human actors playing elves, reindeer and Mrs. Claus, the production features a gaggle of handmade puppets, the broken and unwanted toys that didn’t make it on Santa’s sleigh. These include a foul-mouthed jack-in-the-box named Dick and an overstuffed elephant with plush bursting from its seams.
As with all Pointless shows, the scenery, puppets and costumes are entirely handmade by company members.
“We were inspired by the claymation style of classic Christmas movies,” Cervarich says, of the show’s aesthetic.
There’s a “toys of the year” cabinet featuring Kermit the Frog, a view of the aurora borealis outside the window and specially labeled “Reindeer Park” brand water bottles.
With all chairs in the theater labeled with a specific North Pole department (such as Cheer, Candy, Finance and Elf City Council) everyone in the audience is treated as an elf, so come ready for audience participation — and wear a costume if you’d like. “It’d be really funny if someone came dressed as Santa,” says Patti Kalil, Pointless’ co-artistic director.
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