This show was tailored to all the young families and children we knew would attend the mansion's Family Holiday event. We were a 45 minute portion of their day which included tours of the mansion, tea time, magicians, etc. The rotunda was set up for about 100 people but they sold out our show and even had to turn people away! Fred Rose, Jerold Goldstein, David Miaocco and I were joined by Miss South Carolina Ericka Powell and Christina Sciongay (Miss CT American Beauty) who sang "Santa Baby" with me.
Because the Boy's choir was so enthusiastic and we were going to do the Santa Skit with two of the teenage boys anyway, I invited them to be a part of the show. The four mentoring sessions at the Rowayton Elementary school that I did in November/December culminated with 10 little girls being part of the "Letters to Santa" section of the show. They used their public speaking skills and projection that we worked on since they were no mics for this one! We also had Matt Sweeney (our youth board prez) and Kevin Durkee (our treasurer) help us lead carols at the end of the show. A cast of thousands.
We got a wonderful testimonial for our site from the Executive director of the museum:
Yesterday was huge success. Thank you for all your support, hard work and wonderful performance. We sold out! The audience was so enthusiastic, it was so great to hear all that cheerfulness. We sold 230 tickets, reaching maximum legal capacity. We could have sold more as more people wanted to attend. You are all multi-talented and incredibly engaging on stage. I loved the Bridgeport Boy's Choir too, a very talented group I was not familiar with and look forward to having here again. The children from the Rowayton school were adorable. You made our Holiday Open House truly memorable.
Warmest wishes for a wonderful Holiday Season,
Susan Gilgore, PhD
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
295 West Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06850