PRINCETON — Though social distancing prevents audiences from gathering at the Grace Theater this winter, Festival 56 is celebrating the season with its second online cabaret.
“Holly Jolly Follies” will premiere on the Festival 56 YouTube channel at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, and will be viewable until 10 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 27.
The performance features 12 singers familiar to Festival 56 audience from recent seasons — Festival 56 Producing Artistic Director Tommy Iafrate, Frank Monier, Rose Blume, Astoncia Bhagat, Robert Edwards, Brian Baylor, Stefanie Sambrano, Colin Sullivan, Madison Kauffman, Kathleen Mitchell, Mary Heyl and Rachel Weinfeld, all of whom contributed videos shot from home. The “Follies” will include new holiday cabaret tunes as well as favorite Christmas standards like “White Christmas” and “Silver Bells.” The cabaret is co-organized and co-hosted by Tommy Iafrate and Frank Monier.
Although this is a free performance, donations to Festival 56 can be made on the Festival 56 website, www.festival56.com, and will help with the costs of maintaining the facilities and planning for a safe 2021 season.