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The Catastrophic Theatre
1117 East Frwy
Houston, Tx 77002
Jul 18, 2014 -
Aug 30, 2014
What would summer in Houston be without Christmas? Err, without a new Tamarie Cooper musical comedy extravaganza?
Cast & Personnel
- Shanon Adams
- Jazmine Blas
- Noel Bowers
- Tamarie Cooper
- Greg Dean
- Dennis Draper
- John Dunn
- Jeanne Harris
- Xzavien Hollins
- Brandy Holmes
- Christian Holmes
- Jessica Janes
- Mateo Mpinduzi-Mott
- Karina Pal Montaño-Bowers
- Rebecca Randall
- Rachel Rubin
- Fleet Simons
- Kyle Sturdivant
- Abraham Zeus Zapata
Assistant Stage Manager
This year Tamarie trains her zany wit on Christmas and our holiday-obsessed culture.
It’s never too early to put out the inflatable yard decorations or to spread holiday musical comedy cheer! But Tamarie’s yuletide joy is quickly dampened when Christmas, himself, quits the show.
Searching for a worthy holiday replacement, Tamarie and the gang lead us, Holiday Inn style, through the great American holiday traditions, encountering twerking Easter bunnies, a union of lesser-known holidays, failed New Year’s resolutions, feuding presidents, a bitter and jaded Cupid, dancing skeletons, Christopher Columbus and many more ridiculous characters along the way.
A Very Tamarie Christmas will feature the wacky costumes, dance numbers, and insanity you’ve come to expect, but with all the sparkly holiday trimmings and plastic snow you’ve been missing! With a cast of dozens and a live band, Tamarie celebrates the holidays with as much angst and equivocation as you probably find in your own dysfunctional homes.
Guaranteed to be the first Christmas special you’ll see all year! (We might even beat the holiday shopping rush.)
A Very Tamarie Christmas is the 17th production of the Tamarie Cooper juggernaut. Since 1996, Tamarie has wowed Houston audiences almost every summer with an entirely original, full-scale, musical comedy extravaganza – filled to the brim with songs and gags and hi-jinx from some of Houston’s funniest theatre artists. Without question, her original plays have been among the most wildly popular summer offerings. Tamarie’s shows truly are a unique, and uniquely Houstonian phenomenon. And Houston audiences have loved her for it.
Tamarie has been performing her entire life. She co-founded The Catastrophic Theatre in 2007 with longtime collaborator and dear friend, Jason Nodler. Originally trained in dance, she began working in theatre at HSPVA and helped to found Infernal Bridegroom Productions in 1993, where she worked for fourteen years. She is a seasoned actor, director, designer, choreographer, and occasional writer, with over 80 production credits with IBP and The Catastrophic Theatre. Tamarie is best known for her original musicals, which enjoy highly successful runs and a cult-like following in Houston. Tamarie has been featured in national trade magazine Stage Directions, named “Best Actress” in Outsmart Magazine‘s annual Gayest and Greatest Readers’ Choice Awards and has received various “Best of Houston” awards from The Houston Press for her performances and original work. Directing credits: Tragedy: a tragedy, Speeding Motorcycle (co-directed with Jason Nodler), Tamarie Cooper’s Field Trip, Small Ball (co-directed with Jason Nodler), Tamarie’s Evening of Mistakes and Regrets, Rhinoceros (2017), Trevor, Tamarie for President (Greatest Hits, Volume 2), The University of Tamarie, A Very Tamarie Christmas, Tamarie Cooper’s Old as Hell!, Tamarie Cooper’s Doomsday Revue, The United States of Tamarie, Tamarie Cooper’s Journey to the Center of my Brain (in 3D!), The Tamarie Cooper Show, Twenty Love Songs, Uncle Vanya, Tamalalia X: The Greatest Hits Show, Tamalalia 9: Face Your Fears, Tamalalia 8: Tamarie Goes to Hollywood, Rhinoceros (2003), Tamalalia 7: The Love Show, Tamarie’s Gin Jar Jamboree, Tamalalia 2000, Tamalalia 4: The Campout, Tamalalia 3: The Cocktail Party, Tamalalia 2: The Bus Show, Tamalalia! Favorite Roles: Baby Screams Miracle (Carol), Toast (Beatrice), Small Ball (Female Reporter), Leap and the Net Will Appear (Simon), Song About Himself (Carol), Marie and Bruce (Marie), Hide Town (Miss Iva), Medea (Medea), A Soap Opera (Andrea), We Have Some Planes, Fucking A (Hester), Happy Days (Winnie), Guys and Dolls (Adelaide). A huge and hearty thanks to this wonderful cast for jumping right in to this new format and to Miriam, Joe, Erin, Kyle, Alli, Brett, Mara, and Kirk for all the wonderful songs and to Patrick for writing my show not once, but twice this year (I will always laugh at your jokes). I love you all!
PATRICK REYNOLDS Patrick is a graduate of the Second City Writing Program in Chicago and holds a B.A. in History from the University of Houston. He co-wrote Tamarie Goes to Hollywood with Paul Locklear. He wrote the book for Tamarie Cooper: Journey to the Center of My Brain in 3-D!, The United States Of Tamarie: An All-American Revue (Made in China), Tamarie Cooper’s Doomsday Revue (The Greatest Musical Ever!), Tamarie Cooper’s Old as Hell, The University of Tamarie, A Very Tamarie Christmas, and The Tamarie Cooper Show: Field Trip! Additional credits for the Catastrophic Theatre include the St. Arnold’s Brewery promos.
In the Media
A CATASTROPHIC CHRISTMAS (IN JULY)
August 21, 2014 | Free Press Houston | Luna Oliveira
A Very Tamarie Christmas Skewers The Holidays
August 7, 2014 | Houstonia | Adam Castañeda
A Very Tamarie Christmas [Review]
August 5, 2014 | Hive Society | Danielle Kristen Bunch
A Very Tamarie Christmas
August 1, 2014 | Houston Arts Week | John DeMers