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MVC Celebration of Christmas concert set for Nov. 28-30

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Missouri Valley College Division of Fine Arts will present its annual Celebration of Christmas Holiday Show on Nov. 28-30 at 7:30 p.m. each night in Eckilson-Mabee Theatre.

More than 70 MVC students will be participating in the annual show, which features Valley Connection Show Choir, MVC Concert Choir, Valley Voices and the MVC Repertory Dance Ensemble.

Valley Connection show choir, under the direction of Diana Malan, will perform some of the holiday's most recognized favorites including a medley of Santa songs such as "Santa Baby," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," "Little Saint Nick," and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus."

A visit from Santa Claus is expected during the medley. The group will also perform some of the season's holiday pop favorites including "Merry Christmas, Darling," "All I Want for Christmas," "Last Christmas," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

Landon Alexander and Bradford Scott are the groups' choreographers.

The MVC Repertory Dance Ensemble, under the direction of Janie Morgan, will perform to the popular "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers," which has become one of the show's highlights.

"This year we are adding another traditional holiday dance to our show," Malan said. "The Marzipan ballet from the Nutcracker Suite will be performed by Rachel Lagrou, Rebecca Whitsett and Bradford Scott."

Among the selections that the 50-member Concert Choir will perform are "Carol of the Bells," "Christmastime," "Believe" from "Polar Express," "Do You Hear What I Hear," "Gesu Bambino" and a medley of songs from "Home Alone" and "Polar Express."

"Fum, Fum, Fum," "A Holly Jolly Christmas" and "O Holy Night" will be performed by the Valley Voices group.

"Each year I try to develop a show that is just a little different from the year before," Malan said. "I think this year's show is very upbeat and animated. I wanted something that the children would really enjoy, so the first half of the show is structured for them (and the 'young at heart'). I tried to incorporate holiday music that we haven't used at all or very much, so that makes this year's show different from years past. Our goal is always to send our audience out feeling entertained, enlightened and hopefully in the holiday spirit."

Doors open at 7 p.m. for first come, first served seating. Admission is free; however, donations are welcomed at the door to help support the music and dance programs.

Tickets may be reserved online at www.moval.edu/fine_arts/tickets.php.

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