For the first time, the Columbian Theatre is offering a Christmas concert to spread some holiday cheer.
“We have a loyal following of audience members who come to our Christmas show every year, and we hope they enjoy the new direction we’ve taken and bring their families along for the experience,” said Libby Stratton, production manager and director of the Christmas concert.
Proceeds from the concert go back toward the arts community in Wamego, supporting the 123-year-old theater that hosts a variety of events for the town of about 5,000. Stratton said the theater’s success continues thanks to the support of surrounding communities.
For the past several years, original Christmas plays were written by staff or volunteers, but this year Stratton explained they decided to simplify the process by focusing on the music itself, and featuring various performers.
“We are transforming our stage to a white winter wonderland, with Christmas lights and sparkling costumes to make a dazzling performance to go with our fantastic singers,” she said.
The performances will take place over two weeks, Friday through Sunday, Dec. 8 - 10 and Dec. 15 - 17. In addition to the local talent, there will be hot cocoa and cookies. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children, available at the box office or online.
The songs for the show will be Christmas favorites performed by local Columbian singers, which Stratton said reaches out to volunteers from Ft. Riley, Manhattan, Kan., Wamego, and St. Marys. The list includes classics such as “Mary did you Know,” “Ding Don’t Merrily on High,” “Let It Snow,” “Silent Night” and more.
To showcase the variety of talent, some songs will also be sung in different languages, according to a news release.
“We used the feedback from our audiences from past Christmas shows to change the format and really focus on the Christmas music that people know and love,” said Columbian Theatre Executive Director Clint Stueve. “We are very excited about our new direction for the Christmas Concert.”
For information, call (785) 456-2029 or visit columbiantheatre.com.