10 aaron burden A0AZf4h5ZZI unsplashSweet Tea Shakespeare presents “Behold: A Folk Christmas Cantata” Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Methodist University at 7 p.m. The remaining shows are for Dec. 5-7 and Dec. 12-14  and will take place at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at 7 p.m.

“Our annual Christmas concert returns with a splash of honey, featuring the familiar gospel music that is always at the heart of ‘Behold,’” said Jennifer Pommerenke, master of disposition and order at Sweet Tea Shakespeare. “Our 2019 offering includes a special focus on the Mary story and the women of Sweet Tea Shakespeare, but dudes are around too.”

Pommerenke added it tells the Old and New Testament stories with simplicity and grace during this time of joy and reflection. “Behold’s” reputation as a stirring and heartfelt Christmastime celebration always holds true for this warm and comforting seasonal blend.

The concert features community and company members who are musicians and singers ranging from school-aged children to adults. Jacob French is the music director, and Jeremy Fiebig  will direct the tone and vision of “Behold.”
“The musical selections are from Andrew Peterson’s ‘Behold the Lamb of God’ as well as a few pieces that reflect on the Mary story,” said Pommerenke. “There will be a handful of songs we’ve never included in ‘Behold’ before, and we are really looking forward to bringing them to the community.”

The event is a celebration of the winter season and an evening of communion meant to warm hearts and focus minds on Advent and Christmas. “This is a beautiful event with a tremendous heart  for what this season means, and it’s a time to reflect on the year behind and the year ahead,” said Pommerenke. “It’s a time to be with loved ones and a time to slow down and really remember what  is important to us all.”

Sweet Tea Shakespeare is a nonprofit theater company and training ground inspired by Shakespeare and the early modern period in its spirit and operations. Its mission is to gather a diverse community around a common table to delight in the magic of story, song and stagecraft.

Preshow music begins at 6:15 p.m. and will be provided by local choirs, musicians, friends and community groups.

“It is a magical time for families, friends and the community to gather for merriment and reflection,” said Pommerenke. “We look forward to seeing everyone at the concert.”

Ticket cost is pay what you will $10 -$50. Tea, beer, wine and signature cocktails will be available for purchase. Outside food and drinks are not permitted. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.sweetteashakespeare.com or call 910-420-4383.

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