|the cast of A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail|
photo: Skye Fallon/Bobb Cooper
Click here for more information on this production that runs through December 23rd.
In Phoenix at Valley Youth Theatre, every December is a special month. This year, it’s even more so. It’s the 20th anniversary of A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail, a musical show of the holiday season that over the years has become the company’s reliable theatrical anchor, a production so popular it’s no surprise that audiences continually revisit.... This past Friday evening was the show’s 20th opening night, and this year, in addition to returning audience members and those seeing it for the first time, several alumni of the past twenty years attended, all to reminisce, to celebrate, and to simply enjoy....director and choreographer Cori Brown...injects some new directorial flourishes along with a fresh vitality into every action taken with an end result that feels as though you really are witnessing something brand new, even if you’ve been before...With new choreography and an overall new style of energetic direction, A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail may have played nineteen times before, but you haven’t seen this production, and that’s what you need to know....a thoroughly delightful show. Its warm-hearted humor and overall simplicity is what enchants, not to mention that it’s also the ideal showcase for up and coming young valley talent..." -David Appleford, Valley Screen and Stage (click here to read the complete review)