Wallace State Performing Arts wows with Christmas Spectacular

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Wallace State Community College Fine and Performing Arts put on its annual Christmas Spectacular show Thursday night. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – On Thursday evening, Wallace State Community College (WSCC) Fine and Performing Arts put on its annual Christmas Spectacular at the Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre in Hanceville. Singers, dancers and instrumental musicians presented a wide variety of Christmas seasonal favorites, secular and sacred, from ancient Latin to modern jazz.  

WSCC Music and Choir Instructor Tiffany Richter told The Tribune, “We have just a wonderful group of students this year, and they have worked so hard. This is kind of an annual event we do for the community to bring Christmas cheer and lots of holiday fun.”

Richter took a moment to talk about some upcoming events as well.

“In the spring, we’ll be concentrating on a lot of different shows that we’ve got going: the musical ‘Big Fish,’ the (Wallace State) Singers’ ‘We Will Rock You’ show, the big band dance,” she said. “We’ve got a lot of things coming. But we love joining together to work together!”

Wallace State President Dr. Vicki Karolewics met with the performers before the show.

“You know, it just keeps getting bigger and better and better every year, and I’m so proud of them. They have a tradition where they circle up before each show, and so I was just backstage with them as they circled up,” said Karolewics. “They were reminded by Tiffany Richter that there are lots of people in this audience who need something tonight. It’s not about the actors or the performers; it’s about the audience, and that talent is not a gift, it’s a responsibility, because it’s a responsibility to show the people in the audience that you care about them. I think that’s what our performing arts program is all about. So Merry Christmas, everybody!”

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