Ringing in the festive season are local dancers, carollers, bell ringers and entertainers at the Community Christmas Concert on Sunday November 27 at 2:30 p.m. at the Frank Venables Theatre. The annual musical revue is a family–friendly event with quizzes and prizes to be won throughout the show and goody bags for children at the end of the concert. Last year, the concert was packed to the rafters with a few latecomers turned away, so organizers are hoping for another enthusiastic throng this year. Admission is by cash donation, and goods for the Oliver Food Bank are also welcome. The concert is a co-presentation between the Oliver Community Arts Council and the Oliver Community Theatre Society.
The show gets off to an energetic start with the Oliver Dance Studio troupe (above, file photo), under the direction of Leah Moen. Talented soloists will perform a mix of lyric, jazz, and hip-hop. The full company, ranging from elementary students to seniors, are also rehearsing a seasonal tap number as their grand finale
Choristers will sing familiar carols and new favourites. The Sage Valley Voices set the mood in traditional Victorian costumes (left, file photo). The Oliver Elementary School Chorus will be sure to light up the audience with smiles. Chiming in the season will be the Oliver Elementary Handbells Team. Spirit-of-Oliver winner Lori Martine conducts all three, demonstrating she has Christmas “spirit” as well.
Solo entertainers will showcase a multitude of talents. Mat Duffus mixes songs, jokes, and a few surprises that will delight the kids. Storyteller JoAnn Turner performs both a seasonal poem and one with a humorous twist. Chase Alaric (pictured), teen phenom who performed recently with Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, tickles the ivories. The audience will be sure to toe-tap their way home after the sprightly final dance number.
Quizzes and prizes between sets will ensure there is never a dull moment at this concert. Adults and children have many chances to win if they can correctly answer questions holiday traditions around the world, winter activities, and knowledge of seasonal songs. The Oliver Ambassadors play “elves” doling out prizes through the audience. Prizes have been generously donated by Your Dollar Store with More. Goody bag sponsors include No Frills, The Bargain! Shop, and Buy Low Foods.