Looking for a holiday show the whole family will enjoy?
Look no further than the Cumming Playhouse, which is offering not only one but four seasonal productions through Christmas.
From choral and instrumental music to learning about Christmas traditions the world over, the Cumming Playhouse holiday presentations have much to offer audiences.
Linda Heard, director of the playhouse, said the holiday season is a busy time for theater-goers everywhere.
“With this in mind, we plan a variety of unique shows during December and schedule them so that all can be attended during the four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas,” she said.
“Each year, you will discover an array of music, dance and drama performed by a winning combination of professionals and amateurs, all dedicated to making your Christmas the merriest.”
This year’s lineup includes the following:
“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”
Show dates: 8 p.m. Dec. 16, 17 and 18
Tickets: $20; $15 for seniors or groups of 25 or more
Based on the classic movie “Miracle on 34th Street,” this musical adaption by Meredith Wilson, produced locally by Bozarts Little Theater, features Kris Kringle taking on cynics in New York City.
A white-bearded gentleman claiming to be the real Santa Claus brings about a genuine miracle on 34th Street, spreading a wave of love throughout the city that even fosters a camaraderie between retail competitors Macy’s and Gimbrel’s department stores.
In the meantime, a cynical single mother and her somber young daughter find out that there really is a Santa Claus.
“The Very Best Time of the Year!”
Show date: 8 p.m. Dec. 14
The Cumming Playhouse Singers, a local adult choir, will present this show.
Director Van McCollum said about 50 singers will take to the stage. They’ve been rehearsing since September.
The show will feature a wide variety of choral Christmas favorites, both traditional and contemporary.
McCollum said the show is geared toward giving families a break during the hustle and bustle of the busy season.
“The holidays are not complete without music to raise your spirits and calm the tensions of the holiday rush,” McCollum said. “This choral program is the perfect way to relax and enjoy the very best time of the year.”
“Christmas Around the World”
Show date: 8 p.m. Dec. 21
Director Sharon Gunter said this show uses local talent to “carry us around the world to discover how other cultures celebrate their holidays and traditions.”
Gunter said the production, with a cast of 28, features performances from Colombia, Brazil, India, Italy, Israel, England, France, Germany, Russia and the United States.
“The dialog the emcees discuss is not only entertaining with light-hearted humor, it’s informative,” she said.
Gunter, who has been directing Christmas programs at the playhouse for six years, said she believes this show is valuable to the community.
“It’s important that we are introduced to the numerous traditions and cultures of our most recent citizens to promote understanding and respect,” she said.
“A Sawnee Christmas Party”
Show date: 8 p.m. Dec. 22
Featuring the local talents of 55 area musicians, this show will bring numerous holiday musical favorites to the playhouse stage.
The Sounds of Sawnee Concert Band and the Shade of Grace Choir from First Baptist Church will join for an evening of traditional Christmas music.
Garth True, event planner with the Sounds of Sawnee Concert Band, said the groups have been rehearsing together since the end of October in preparation for what will be “a great evening for the whole family.”
“The Sounds of Sawnee is a community band in the truest sense,” he said. “It’s made up of community members and we provide music to this community through the year.”
The program will be the group’s fifth annual Christmas show performed at the playhouse.