For the past 18 years, the Heart of Christmas Show, featuring the Voices of the Heart, has kicked of the Christmas season in Cumberland County. The unique show continues this year with new numbers, exciting costumes and scenes along with dazzling Christmas lights, trees and scenes.
With a wide variety of musical selections this is a show the whole family is sure to enjoy and want to see time and time again. Broadway-styled in its production, the show touches every emotion associated with the Christmas Season, according to Laura Stevens, the director of the show. From numbers with snow glistening on stage to a funny Rudolf and clever toy numbers all the way to the heart touching crowd favorite, “Christmas Shoes.” Such a variety in the show captures the true Spirit of Christmas.
Stevens said the first half of the show is designed to bring to life the with the fun and expectancy of the Christmas season. The second half of the show portrays beautifully ,in song and dance, the true meaning and reason for the season of Christmas. The manger scene is powerful, moving and then breaks out into full celebration as the 36-member cast sing and dance through the story of the birth of Christ.
While the show is unique in our community for the technical production, it is more unique for its cast. The show has all young performers as its cast.
“These are amazing, talented young people who donate all of their free time and their talents, for several months, to this charity event knowing that in the end they have used their gifts to help less fortunate children in our area,” explained Stevens. “You see, The Heart of Christmas Show gives away all ticket sales from the weekend shows to local children′s charities that need financial support in order to help children in this area.”
The idea of giving back to the community has been the driving force for the show since its inception 18 years ago. To date, the show has raised more than $600,000.00 to help children living out its motto “Children Helping Children.” “When you buy a ticket to see The Heart of Christmas Show, you become a part of that big picture of helping children plus you get to see a wonderful Christmas production that has all the whistles and bells comparable to anything you would see in Myrtle Beach, Branson and even rivals productions in New York!” continued Stevens.
Another unique aspect of the show is that it is made possible through sponsorships of local businesses. The sponsorships allow all of the proceeds to go back into the community instead of into putting on the show.
Tickets are $14 for all reserved seats and groups of 15 or more are $12. Group reservations may be made by calling 978.1119.
All public and private schools have a special ticket rate as the show offers a condensed one hour presentation of the two hour production as a fundraiser for the schools. This is another way the show reaches out to help children. The schools can come see a Christmas show and in return 50 percent of the ticket price goes back to each individual school that attends.
“The 2015 Heart of Christmas Show is in the making right now and it will bring back some audience favorites as well as offering some newly arranged songs and dance numbers!” said Stevens. “You will laugh, cry and be in awe of the beauty and wonder of Christmas as you watch the amazing Heart of Christmas Show!”
For more information, visit www.heartofchristmasshow.com.