If you’ve ever traveled during the Holidays by plane and have had to get up to allow the person next to you go to the restroom, nudged the man or woman sitting beside you because they were snoring too loudly or simply couldn’t get comfortable in your tightly packed airplane seat, then you can relate to main characters in this family friendly play. Sleigh is a silent play so full of action, silly faces and quirky noises that you quickly learn that words aren’t necessary to enjoy a good laugh with your family.
This unique and adorable play is on its 5th iteration, originally shown in Orlando, including at the very popular Fringe festival. The directors and cast have been working on and tweaking this play since 2011, showing off and on at different theaters. All to lead up to what is now the best of all the iterations from the past 6 years with a cast of just 5.
Sleigh is produced by artistic director, Brandon Roberts who was one of the original founders of PB & J theatre (he was the B, the butter if you will in the theatre name). PB & J has since transitioned to Gromalot Theatre Factory and works under a larger group of entertainers for an entertainment group known as Odd-O-T’s entertainment, managed by Todd Zimmerman who is also the Business manager forGromalot Theatre Factory. Todd is an award-winning director of physical comedy shows, variety shows and performances for locations such as SeaWorld Orlando, Adventure Island Tampa, Legoland Florida, Busch Gardens Tampa, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Gaylord Palms. Brandon Roberts is still a big part of the Grommet performances as his role is now artistic director and works along side a very fun and talented cast.
I sat and met with Sleigh Director, Ana who shared with me the love of performing on stage goes beyond performing for Gromalot for all of the cast members. Three of the cast members from Sleigh; Ana, Chelsea and Mike all do improv at Sakks Comedy Club and Terrence has worked at Sea World as an actor and Anthony is a local musician and works at Universal.
All in all I’d say it’s a very talented group, don’t let the fact that there are only 5 cast members to this play fool you, they each have plenty of roles to play in the Sleigh performance and they all will have you laughing and wondering what they’ll be doing next!
Sleigh will be showing this weekend December 15th & 16th, 2017 at Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center and is so much fun for kids of all ages and the perfect “new” family tradition. So gather your family and sit back and watch as a young couple spends their first Christmas together, tackling all the holiday traditions with two very different expectations. Meanwhile, a pair of shopkeepers re-define “rivalry” as they coax customers away from their competitor. And three determined mail carriers fight the elements, a poorly addressed letter, and even each other to make a delivery.
You’ll be laughing your way through the holidays!