Wallace State hosting ‘Christmas Spectacular’ Dec. 7

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Members of the Wallace State Singers give a preview of the upcoming "Christmas Spectacular" during a recent event at the college. The "Christmas Spectacular" will be held Thursday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre. Admission is free.

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – If you need some Christmas cheer, the Wallace State Community College Fine and Performing Arts program will present its annual “Christmas Spectacular” Thursday, Dec. 7, in the Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre. The free show begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.   

The production will feature performances from the Wallace State Jazz Band, Concert Band, Concert Choir, Singers and Allegro Dance Theatre. The various performing arts programs will present pieces separately and collaboratively as a way to bring the ensembles together while also spotlighting individual programs.    

“Our Christmas Spectacular is an exciting time of year when our talented students from all of the Fine and Performing Arts programs come together to create an unforgettable show for the community,” said Tiffany Richter, director of the Wallace State Singers and Concert Choir. “After weeks of hard work and preparation, the bands, choirs and dance troupes will be joining forces to bring a special blend of entertainment to the audience. Help us usher in the holidays with a remarkable evening of Christmas tunes for the whole family!”  

The Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Jennie Stone will makes its debut, performing “Carol of the Bells” and “Patapan,” an old French carol.  

“The Percussion Ensemble is comprised mostly of brass and woodwind students who have never played percussion before,” Stone said. “I’m very proud of how much they’ve learned in just a few months, and I’m excited for the future of our new Percussion Ensemble.” 

The Concert Band will present “Sleigh Ride” alongside numerous other holiday favorites to get the audience in a festive spirit. 

The Allegro Dance Theatre will perform a Rockettes-inspired choreography to “Hot Chocolate” from the film “Polar Express” as well as the “Sugar Plum Swing.”  

The Choir and Singers will present songs such as “Like It’s Christmas” by the Jonas Brothers, “I’ll be Home for Christmas” originally by Bing Crosby and many familiar carols, all accompanied by the Wallace State Jazz and Concert Bands. 

Other upcoming performances from Wallace State Performing Arts programs include:  

  • Broadway Night Cabaret, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m., at the Burrow Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, by the Wallace State Fine and Performing Arts programs      
  • The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, March 8-9, at the Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre, by the Wallace State Theatre program   
  • Spring Dance Showcase, March 21, at 7 p.m., at the Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre, by Allegro Dance Theatre   
  • That Seventies Show: Groovy Music to Make You Move, April 11-13, at the Betty Leath Haynes Theatre, by Wallace State Singers   
  • Big Band Dance, April 19 at 7 p.m., at the Burrow Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, by the Wallace State Jazz Band   
  • Spring Under the Stars, April 25 at 6:30 p.m., at the Grounds at the Burrow Center, by the Wallace State Fine and Performing Arts programs    

For more information about the Christmas Spectacular and other upcoming performances, contact Amy Seymore at 256-352-8277 or amy.seymore@wallacestate.edu. Visit www.wallacestate.edu/fpa for more information about Wallace State’s Fine and Performing Arts programs.