They did it for the ninth time, and the final show belonged to the all the girls.
For the ninth and last time, In Tandem Theatre Company opened the perennial holiday favorite "A Cudahy Caroler Christmas" over Thanksgiving weekend.
This homage to all things Milwaukee in general and Cudahy specifically is a show dotted with the rude, the crude and the nearly nude.
The theory is a simple one. Stasch (Chris Flieller) is trying to get the Cudahy Christmas Choir back together after a period of inactivity. One by one, he visits each more-than-slightly dysfunctional former choir member and does his best to convince them to come to rehearsal the next night at Bowl-A-Riffic.
As he visits each singer, that starts the parade of feminine favorites who gradually top each other for raucous humor.
It starts with Edna Kaputish (Lisa Morris) who just won one-eighth of a modest lottery prize. She tells Stasch her name is no longer Kaputish but is now "Kaputishe" (pronounced Kap-oot-i-shay) since it sounds more appropriate for the North Shore or Whitefish Bay where she plans on moving. She has left her husband and desperately wants to leave Cudahy.
The first song is to the tune of "Winter Wonderland."
Oh the Cudahy folks are frightful
But Fox Point is so delightful
Since the culture here is just so-so
I'll let it go, let it go, let it go!
She agrees to rejoin and Stasch is off to Nellie (Megan Kaminsky), Edna’s estranged daughter. She has been kicked out of the house and spends all her time practicing poses that are used by water skiers in the Tommy Bartlett Water Show in Wisconsin Dells, a notorious campy summer resort area. Nellie’s goal is to be a ski queen, even though she can barely swim and has never been on water skis. The Dells is her own private Valhalla.
This is sung to the tune of "Silver Bells."
Stinking hot traffic jams
On the street
There's a guy selling trinkets
Out of bad tourist traps
And on ev…