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Striking 12 Shakes the Grooves Off New Years Funk

December 7th, 2023, 12:00 PM

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Brimming with cynical holiday sentiments, Striking 12 is the latest musical being staged at the Performing Arts Collective Alliance (PACA). Written by Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda (member of the band GrooveLily), and Rachel Sheinkin, Striking 12 is also inspired in part by Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Match Girl. While the grim 1845 tale is explicitly mentioned by the characters in the main story, the tone is balanced out by a modern, post-holiday attitude. Director Kate Neubert Lechner noted that "It's truly the only holiday show that I've encountered that can be equally enjoyed by folks who love, hate, or are indifferent about the holidays."

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