Amy Dressel talks to boss elf Collette Costa about how they’re going to bail reindeer out of jail during a slightly belated Christmas extravaganza at the Gold Town Theater Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)

Amy Dressel talks to boss elf Collette Costa about how they’re going to bail reindeer out of jail during a slightly belated Christmas extravaganza at the Gold Town Theater Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)

Christmas Extravaganza packs theater, draws laughs

Collette Costa’s annual show is a hit

A few minutes after the announced show time, people were still filing into the Gold Town Theater.

Collette Costa, theater manager and mastermind behind the Eighth Annual (Russian) Christmas Bazaar that was packing the theater, was behind the theater’s front counter checking a list of pre-purchased tickets twice and sorting out the general confusion.

“Juneau needs to buy their tickets in advance,” Costa said before veering into some colorful qualifiers.

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Once the show began, the same bedraggled energy was intact but fitting for an awesomely ramshackle show that revolved around staging a telethon to post bail for incarcerated reindeer.

An extended parody of “Glengarry Glen Ross” concluded with elves being told to ABT —Always Be Tinkering.

A carousel of guest performers, including Allison Holtkamp, Shona Osterhaut, George and Bridgett Kuhar and Rumblefish, the Off-The-Hook Honies and more.

Oddball touches that delighted the packed room abounded throughout the night.

Darth Vader performed “Imagine,” the infamously awkward David Bowie and Bing Crosby holiday duet was projected in bisected glory because of curtain placement and Holtkamp performed anti-comedy as a dour Prancer, who was revealed to actually be a marsupial.

Sample joke: Prancer has been using both Tind-dear and Grind-dear because they’re gend-dear queer.

The audience laughed hard throughout the night, and clapped hard at the event’s apparent ending.

But that was before an assortment of presents were passed into the audience and unwrapped.

Soon portraits of Elvis and Mickey Mouse clocks were triumphantly held in the air.

Amy Dressel provides Elle McPherson with a shot of whipped cream during intermission at the Christmas extravaganza at the Gold Town Theater Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)

Amy Dressel provides Elle McPherson with a shot of whipped cream during intermission at the Christmas extravaganza at the Gold Town Theater Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)

Allison Holtkamp performs as a marsupial Prancer at the Gold Town Theater, Saturday Jan. 5, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)

Allison Holtkamp performs as a marsupial Prancer at the Gold Town Theater, Saturday Jan. 5, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)

Elves Lisa Morley and Alysia Jones react to the news that they must always be tinkering during the Christmas extravaganza at the Gold Town Theater Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)

Elves Lisa Morley and Alysia Jones react to the news that they must always be tinkering during the Christmas extravaganza at the Gold Town Theater Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)

The full cast of Collette Costa’s Eighth Annual (Russian) Christmas Extravaganza. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)

The full cast of Collette Costa’s Eighth Annual (Russian) Christmas Extravaganza. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)

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