MIDDLEPORT — “There’s no place like home for the holidays.”
With Thanksgiving in the past and Christmas quickly approaching, those familiar Christmas tunes will soon return for those who haven’t already been humming them to themselves in anticipation.
As part of that annual caroling comeback, River City Players (RCP) will be presenting “Home for the Holidays,” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Middleport Village Hall. Tickets are $7 and will be available at the door. Reserved seating is also available at the Fabric Shop in Pomeroy.
Under the direction of Janis Carnahan, RCP members have pulled together their favorite holiday jingles and compiled them into a performance in the style of old-time Christmas variety show specials. Taking inspiration from specials by Dean Martin, Bob Hope, and Lawrence Welk, “Home for the Holidays,” will include RCP members performing many Christmas favorites in a variety of styles. Song selections will include classic Christmas carols such as “White Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” as well as other jingles including “Santa Baby,” “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” and “Mele Kalikimaka.”
Also included in the show will be River City Kids performing some of their favorite Christmas selections including “Frosty the Snowman,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” Other special selections will include an a capella version of “Carol of the Bells” and piano performances of “Jingle Bells” and “Go Tell it on the Mountain.”
Featured in the cast and crew will be Sammi Alkire, M.J. Arnott, Jamie Bailey, Nathan Becker, Janis Carnahan, Rusty Carnahan, Tony Carnahan, Jessica Dangerfield, Mary Gilmore, Roger Gilmore, Jessica Holliday, Nathan Jeffers, Mike Kennedy, Kylen King, Sam McCall, Celia McCoy, Evan Miles, Laura Miles, Linda Myers, Amy Perrin, Grant Roush, Karley Roush, Mary Roush, Zach Roush, Dan Stewart, Renée Stewart, Ross Stewart, Kathy Thomas, Chris Van Reeth, Gary Walker, Linda Warner, and Anna Wears.
For more information River City Players future auditions and performances, visit www.rivercityplayers.org or visit RCP’s page on Facebook.