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Holiday Showcase set for Friday

Published 4:18pm Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Russellville Middle School chorus and drama departments will present their Holiday Showcase in two acts this Friday night, Dec. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the RCS Auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door for school age and up.

The first act of the show will feature the RMS sixth grade chorus, the seventh/eighth grade chorus, and the show choir, directed by Emily Rush. Soloists include Deshayla Hammock, Sarah Grace Kimbrough, Jonathan Ruiz, Alivia Clemons, Lexie Glass, Kaitlyn Weeks, Daniel Balding, and Katie Putman, with accompaniment by Sydney Burcham.

Among the songs featured in this act are “Sleigh Ride,” “Snow Day,” “Winterlight,” and “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm Medley.”

The second act of the production, directed by Patrice Smith, is a one-act play titled “Just in the Nick of Time: A Detective Red Mistletoe Story.”

In this Christmas whodunit, ace detective Red Mistletoe works with the citizens of the North Pole to find Santa Claus, who has been kidnapped by a disgruntled Bob Humbug.

Do Fruitcake (Humbug’s sidekick), and Holly Wreath (Santa’s new secretary) know anything about Santa’s whereabouts? Can Red save Santa? Of course he can – just in the nick of time!

Leads in this production include Jarrod Lasseter as Red, Ellie Kerby as Holly, Austin Balding as Bob Humbug, Alison Bryant as Fruitcake, and Caleb Mays and Allison Woods as Santa and Mrs. Claus.

This is the fifth annual holiday production directed by Rush and Smith.

“We have really enjoyed the two-act format for our holiday show in the past,” Smith said.

“It allows our students, drama, choral, and technical, to all shine in one wonderful production.

“At the middle school, we make every effort to expose our students to as much varied curriculum and experiences as we can. By giving them experience with chorus, drama, and tech, these young people leave us as much more rounded students.

“The holidays are a stressful time for so many. What better way to relax and escape than to come see the talented students of our community show what they love to do?”

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