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Sights, sounds of season abound
Busy month on Playhouse stage
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For more information or to purchase tickets to any of the holiday shows at the Cumming Playhouse, visit or call (770) 781-9178.

A number of holiday-themed shows will fill the Cumming Playhouse through year’s end.

From local singers and performers to a group from Branson, Mo., there will be no shortage of Christmas performances.

Linda Heard, director of the Cumming Playhouse, said December is always a busy month.

“Customarily, we present a four-week, main stage musical or play suitable for the Christmas season, which begins the Friday of Thanksgiving,” she said.

“That usually leaves us [time] before Christmas to schedule our local shows, highlighting the musical talent of this area.”

Heard said this year’s lineup likely will be popular.

“This is our fullest Christmas season ever and [should be] our best attended to date,” she said.

The holiday shows include:

‘Here We Come A-Caroling’

The Cumming Playhouse Singers Ensemble will present this show.

Van McCollum, director of the singers, said the ensemble is a group of 24 performers from the group, which is an adult choir.

“The ensemble is the best from the larger group. It’s more of our traveling group,” he said.

McCollum noted that audiences can expect “to hear many of their favorite Christmas songs” at Tuesday’s performance.

“There’ll be quite the variety, a lot of fun stuff,” he said, noting some of the choral pieces will include “White Christmas,” “Jingle Bells” and “No Place Like Home for the Holidays.”

Show date: 8 p.m. Dec. 13

Tickets: $20; $15 for students, seniors and groups of 15 or more

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‘Christmas Classics’

“Christmas Classics” will be presented by LSC Productions.

Anna Richardson, a spokeswoman for the organization, said this year’s presentation will be a “culmination of what we’ve done in the past.”

“It will include dancing, singing, vignettes and a special performance by the North Georgia Chamber Symphony,” Richardson said.

“We’ve never had the symphony before, so we’re very excited about that.”

Richardson said some of the performances will include a reading of “Yes, Virginia,” dancing by the Christian Fine Arts of Forsyth homeschool group, and medieval Christmas songs.

“It’s kind of a variety show,” Richardson said. “Everyone has worked so hard. It’ll be a great show.”

Show date: 8 p.m. Dec. 20

Tickets: $20; $15 for students, seniors and groups of 15 or more

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‘A Sawnee Christmas Party’

The Sounds of Sawnee Concert Band, a community band, will present this show.

Garth True, one of the band organizers, said the concert will offer “a mixture of Christmas and holiday music.”

“We’ll be playing some things people have heard before and some they haven’t,” he said.

The band’s 50 members will present classics such as “Sleigh Ride,” “Carol of the Bells” and “Peace on Earth.”

There will also be some unique pieces, including “Santa Meets the Big Man,” a medley of songs with a big band feel, and “Stars and Stripes for Christmas,” a patriotic holiday piece.

“We typically sell out this show,” True said.

Show date: 8 p.m. Dec. 21

Tickets: $20; $15 for students, seniors and groups of 15 or more

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‘Branson on the Road - Christmas Style’

According to the playhouse Web site, this is the holiday show from the popular touring group, Branson on the Road.

Branson on the Road has more than 20 years of experience performing at top theaters in Branson, Mo.

The show delivers “the Branson traditions of good, clean family fun.” Debbie Horton, an organizer of the show, said in a statement that it combines country music and comedy.

“Those seeing ‘Branson on the Road – Christmas style’ for the first time can not only expect great Christmas music, old country favorites and amazing instrumental abilities, but also plenty of hilarious comedy every step of the way,” she said.

“You will be singing along, laughing and enjoying every minute of this Christmas show.”

Show dates: 8 p.m. Dec. 28, 29, 30 and 31, and 3 p.m. Dec. 31

Tickets: $25