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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO“Fancy” Christmas: “Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas,” 11 a.m., 2 p.m. Nov. 26, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO“Fancy” Christmas: “Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas,” 11 a.m., 2 p.m. Nov. 26, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

‘Fancy Nancy’ in last tour at Miller Symphony Hall

Friday, November 25, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON Special to The Press in Focus

“Fancy” Christmas: “Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas” is a children’s show that adults should enjoy, too.

“The adults like this show very much, as well. It is not dumbed-down and the music is pretty sophisticated so they can sing along to it too,” says the show’s director-choreographer Sam Viverito.

“Fancy” Christmas: “Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas” will be presented at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 26, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, in what may be the last stage version of the touring show.

The musical, with book by Cara Lustik, lyrics by Matthew Hardy and music by Randy Klein, is based on the book written by Jane O’Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser.

Viverito is a director-choreographer who has worked on many Broadway shows as well as internationally and regionally. He is a Best of Broadway Award nominee and an Independent Theater Award winner. He has worked on television programs, including some for PBS and CBS.

“There are some carolers, Dickens-style, that open and close the show with ‘It’s Christmas,’” says Viverito. ”You will hear typical musical-theater songs as well as nine original songs and some that are comical. ‘The True Meaning of Christmas’ is a song that could be a hit pop song.”

The musical has six main characters: Fancy Nancy (Samantha Rose); Jo Jo (Amber Dickerson), Nancy’s little sister; Mrs. Clancy (Sarah Mae Banning), Mr. Clancy (Jonny Rouse), and Grandpa Clancy (Cole Smith, who also plays Miss Divine, the flamboyant neighbor).

The storyline revolves around a Christmas tree-topper that Nancy sees and simply must have. Not having enough money to buy it, she decides to have a sale and sells off all her old clothes and jewelry, making just enough to buy the tree-topper.

During the sale she notices her little sister, Jo Jo, really likes a rhinestone necklace she is selling. She winds up selling it to Miss Divine and feels terrible, knowing how much her sister adored it. Nancy then decides she’s going to return the tree-topper to get her sister the necklace back.

She climbs a ladder to get the tree-topper from the top of the tree and breaks it, leaving her nothing to trade Miss Divine for the necklace. Rattled by this turn of events, she comes up with the idea to make a home-made ornament that Miss Divine truly adores and Nancy is able to trade that for the necklace, leaving everyone happy.

“The kids gasp because they know she is doing something she shouldn’t do in climbing the ladder and it’s a bit dangerous, too. Her naughty deed is for a good cause, but goes wrong,” Viverito explains.

“Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas” is presented by Vital Theatre Company. Disney Jr. has picked up the rights to the show so the tour is expected to be the finale for “Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas.”

“There will either be an animated film or television show. Something is being done with it within the next year,” Viverito says.

Tickets: Miller Symphony Hall Box Office, 23 N. Sixth St. Allentown; allentownsymphony.org; 610-432-6715