12/1/2017 3:12:00 PM Alleghany Highlands Chorale To
Present 'A Dickens Christmas'
HIGHLANDS CHORALE — The Alleghany Highlands Chorale will present its annual holiday program, “A Dickens Christmas” Sunday afternoon at McAllister Memorial Presbyterian Church in Covington. The presentation is based on Charles Dickens’ 1843 holiday classic “A Christmas Carol.” The chorale is under the direction of Kathryn Crutch-field, accompanied by Cathy Drummer. The program begins at 3 p.m. Sunday in the church, located at 900 N. Alleghany Avenue. There is no admission, but a free-will offering will be accepted at the door. (Photo Courtesy Alleghany Highlands Arts Council)
The Alleghany Highlands Chorale, under the direction of Kathryn Crutchfield and accompanied by Cathy Drummer, will present a holiday program entitled “A Dickens Christmas” on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary at McAllister Memorial Pres-byterian Church, located at 900 N. Alleghany Avenue in Covington.
The presentation is based on the well-loved story, “A Christmas Carol” published in 1843 by Charles Dickens, in which Ebeneezer Scrooge is visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve, whose purpose is to have him change his miserly and selfish ways.
We will hear the voices of Scrooge (Monty Bowman), his nephew Fred, Jacob Marley, the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Be, as well as Tiny Tim (Gabe Craft). The narrators include Wayne Ogden, Monty Bowman, Debbie Young, Betty Bunch, Emily Amick, Tom McHenry Nicole Clemmons and Calvin Craft (the turkey boy).
Throughout the performance, the chorale will present many familiar and not so familiar English Christmas Carols, all of which were written and performed during the 1843 Dickens’ era.
Also included is the “Fezziwig” reel done at so many events during that time.
Dancers include Debbie Young (captain), John Young, Anne Scruggs, Wayne Winebriner, Pearl Miller, Monty Bowman, Emily Amick, and David Wheeler.
Choral pieces include: “I Saw Three Ships,” “God Rest You Merry, Gentle-men,” “The Sussex Carol,” “Blessed Be That Maid Mary,” “The Holly and the Ivy,” “The Coventry Carol,” “Past Three A’Clock,” “What Child is This?,” “The First Noel,” “Rejoice and Be Merry” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
Soloists include Sandra Minter, Nicole Clemmons, Wayne Winebriner, Anne Scruggs, Debbie Amick, Pat Myers, Cathy Rowan, Tom Elmore, Dawn Wilson and Tom McHenry.
The Alleghany Highlands Chorale is open to singers throughout the Highlands, and is sponsored by the Alleghany Highlands Arts Council and Arritt Funeral Home.
Rehearsals are on Monday evenings at 7 in the sanctuary of the McAllister Memorial Presbyterian Church.