Register Staff Report
MADISON COUNTY —
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A wide range of holiday entertainment, both theatrical and musical, is being offered in Madison County this weekend and later. Several professional productions will take place at the EKU Center for the Arts, but events also are scheduled at other venues.
‘A Christmas Carol’ by Berea Arena Theater
In 1843, English novelist Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol” which was destined to become a seasonal classic enjoyed by millions of people throughout the world.
“It is said that other than the story of the birth of Jesus, each Christmas this Dickens masterpiece is the most often told story,” said director Eddie Kennedy.
For the last 22 years of Kennedy’s 33-year teaching career at Berea Community Schools, students presented his adaptation of the Dickens story. The annual production featured hundreds of student performers, many of whom return to attend the show each year.
“It was a glorious tradition — one that we now continue annually at Berea Arena Theater,” Kennedy said.
Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5. For reservations, call 986-9039.
‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ presented by The Spotlight Acting School
In Barbara Robinson’s seasonal classic “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” the Herdmans are absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal and smoke cigars (even the girls). They talk dirty, hit little kids, curse their teachers and take the Lord’s name in vain. So no one is prepared when the Herdmans invade church one Sunday and take over the annual Christmas pageant.
Performances are Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Madison Middle School auditorium. Tickets are $5.
Shows at EKU Center for the Arts
Visit ekucenter.com or call the box office at 622-7569 for tickets.
‘The Nutcracker’ by the Lexington Ballet Company
Set to the music of Tchaikovsky, “The Nutcracker” tells the story of a little girl who is given a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. She encounters the frightful rat king before embarking on a journey through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets.
The Lexington Ballet Company will perform under the direction of Luis Dominguez.
Performances are Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $25.
‘Messiah’ by Lexington Philharmonic, Chamber Chorale
The Christmas classic, Handel’s “Messiah,” will be presented by The Lexington Philharmonic under the baton of conductor Scott Terrell and feature the Lexington Chamber Chorale and guest soloists.
The show is 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $25.
‘A Christmas Carol’ at EKU Center
An adaptation by Charles Jones of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” will feature holiday songs, such as “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Wassail Wassail,” “Good Christian Men Rejoice,” “Away In A Manger,” “Greensleeves,” “The Boar’s Head Carol” and more.
The show will feature a cast of 24 performers, live musicians, and Broadway-style scenery and costumes.
The show is scheduled 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets start at $35. Dinner is available at the EKU Center Supper Club before the performance. Call 622-7469 for reservations.
Leann Rimes Holiday Tour
Leann Rimes will be performing her hits, new songs and holiday favorites to help usher in the season 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12.
Rimes has sold more than 40 million albums, won two Grammy Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards and 12 Billboard Music Awards. She has placed 42 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, 13 of which are Top 10 hits, and has scored numerous hit singles in her career, including “Can’t Fight the Moonlight,” which went No. 1 in 11 countries, and “How Do I Live,” the second longest charting song ever on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Her latest album, “Spitfire,” on which she co-wrote nine songs, was released June 4.
The concert was originally scheduled for Dec. 14. Tickets start at $50.50, but are 25 percent off today (Tuesday) for the center’s 12-day sale.
Dinner is available at the EKU Center Supper Club before the performance. Call 622-7469 for reservations.
‛Deck the Hall’s’ musical dinner
The “Deck the Halls” holiday musical dinner will take place Friday and Saturday in EKU’s Keen Johnson Ballroom. Doors open 6 p.m. with seating at 6:45 and dinner at 7. For tickets, $26 each, call 622-3266.
Berea College Christmas concert
The Berea College annual Christmas concert is scheduled Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., in Union Church, 200 Prospect Street.
The community is invited to join in the singing of traditional carols accompanied by college organist Dr. Javier Clavere. Music of the season will be performed by the college’s Black Music Ensemble, Bluegrass Music Ensemble, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Women’s Chorus. A special holiday reception with light refreshments will take place immediately after Friday night’s performance.
Free tickets will be distributed for the concert to guarantee all patrons a reserved seat.
Tickets will be available during business hours at five locations on Berea College’s campus: the Alumni Building front desk, the Berea College Store, the Campus Christian Center office, the Union Church office and the Music Program office.
Doors will open to the public at 7 p.m. with pre-service music beginning at the same time.
For details, contact Dr. Javier Clavere at 985-3464 or Jeanette Davidson at 985-3466.
Second annual Community Holiday Celebration
The free concert will feature local soloists, church and civic groups, choirs and instrumentalists at 3 p.m. Dec. 15 in the EKU Center for the Arts.
Performers will be combined in groups to give the concert more of a “choir feel,” said organizer Rev. Howard Miller.
Risers, a piano, electronic keyboards, drum sets and amplifiers will be provided for all groups to use.
The event will feature some new acts this year, but also some who performed last year, such as the B. Michael Caudill Middle School Band and the choirs from Full Gospel Tabernacle and White Oak Pond Christian Church.
For details, contact Miller at 859-302-2899.
Holiday music at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
The musical performances will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each of the four Saturdays, with different performers each week.
Harpist Diane Schneider on Saturday
Diane Schneider, of Covington, is a full-time therapeutic harpist, and has been playing for more than 25 years. She will perform Christmas music, including some found on her CD “Harp of Christmas Peace.”
Kyle Meadows and Tisa McGraw on Dec. 14
Tisa McGraw and Kyle Meadows have played for the Cincinnati Fine Arts Fund and have been performing together for six years for a variety of events, from festivals and coffeehouses to concert halls. The duo will be playing holiday favorites, including traditional and sacred tunes.
Bob and Susie Hutchison on Dec. 21
Bob and Susie Hutchison, of Frankfort, will sing and perform holiday music on Appalachian dulcimers. heir holiday selections will include French, English, German and Welsh carols as well as such traditional favorites as “Jingle Bells” and “Go Tell it on the Mountain.”
See the Community Calendar on Page A6 and the Church Calendar on Page A5 for even more holiday events.