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A Las Vegas Christmas Celebration (CLOSED)
By Chuck Rounds
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"A Las Vegas Christmas Celebration" starring Jeff Trachta is currently playing inside the Scintaís showroom at the Rio. It is a pleasant holiday diversion that has a lot of good elements to it. The entire supporting cast is truly crowd pleasing, and the show puts you in a good mood. The variety show format mixes songs and skits with a couple of dances and a wonderful aerial act.
Jeff Trachta is known for his portrayal of Thorne on "The Bold and the Beautiful," but the man has talent and abilities that go far beyond his soap opera acting and character. He is a fine singer and does a large variety of characters and impersonations. Each of the skits has a nice variation or twist that keeps it interesting. Santaís secretary and the lost wise man were both favorites.
The featured singer for the evening is Genevieve Dew-Craig. She is a woman with a wonderful voice. She has great personality and charisma on stage. As soon as she enters the space, you immediately like her, and then she starts to sing, and you like her even more.
The acappella group, "5th Avenue," augments the singing for the evening with style and grace. The tight harmonies of the group are continually engaging and a pleasure to the ear.
The Jerry Lopez band backs the show. They provide a strong foundation of music from which all else is possible. They support the singers, the dancers, and endow the rest of the show with a good background. The musicians are all accomplished and great.
I was a little disappointed that we didnít get to see the dancers more...each one of them was first-rate, and the two numbers that they did were over so quickly that it was completely unsatisfying.
One of the brightest spot of the evening was the silk aerial act, "Flight La Femme." The simplicity of the act is one of the things that make it so special--two women with bolts of cloth hanging from the ceiling. It is the variations with which these women climb, twist, and spin through and with this cloth that make this act completely enthralling.
"A Las Vegas Christmas Celebration" is a nice escape from the madness of the holidays.