Festive Magic evokes the sounds of Christmas

Matt Gardner
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The annual Festive Magic concert returns to the E.A. Rawlinson Centre this month with an emphasis on the sonic qualities of the holidays.

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The theme of this year’s show, The Sounds of Christmas, is an ideal opportunity for performers such as the Vickers School Bell Choir to evoke the spirit of the season with their brand of Christmas music.

“I’m really quite excited about that, because we don’t have the opportunity to see bells being played as an instrument that much,” marketing director Linda Jensen said.

“So much about Christmas is those kind of sounds.”

Festive Magic will take place on Friday, Dec. 20 at the Rawlinson Centre starting at 7:30 p.m.

Now in its seventh year, Festive Magic has traditionally attracted some of the finest local musicians in its quest to spread Yuletide cheer.

“As always, it’s a community show, so the lineup is based on people from within Prince Albert and area,” Jensen said.

“Santa Claus will be in attendance, as is the tradition, and we’ll be inviting everybody out at intermission to just enjoy a nice social time with their neighbours and friends and share in some Christmas goodies.”

Three of the featured performers are winners of this year’s Search for the Stars contest.

Junior Star of the Year Relan Meeks kicks off the concert, followed by Songwriter of the Year Kyle Morris of Carrot River and Senior Star of the Year Shania Cabilao.

Audiences will get a taste of square dancing courtesy of the Sihtokatowin Square Dance Team under the direction of Jackie Nixon.

Two choirs will also perform, including the Vickers contingent and the Prince Albert Children’s Choir.

“Certainly, sounds of Christmas would include the sound of children’s voices and singing … We’re just delighted that Megan Fournier is going to be bringing her children’s choir to be here again,” Jensen said.

So much about Christmas is those kind of sounds. Linda Jensen

Featured singer/songwriters include country vocalist Nancy Hagen, guitarist Josh L’Henaff and Allyson Reigh, who moved to Montreal from Prince Albert after winning a major songwriting competition and is now working out of Saskatoon.

Performing ensembles include Jensen’s group Arioso, the female trio who perform an annual concert in support of Grandmothers for Grandmothers, and a clarinet quintet from the Prince Albert City Band.

Of the latter, Jensen noted, “One of the numbers they’re going to do is the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, and they’re coming complete with two little ballerinas to pull off that number.”

Santa Claus himself will be playing the role of emcee this year.

Aside from providing the concert finale, Old Saint Nick will enjoy a selection of holiday treats with audience members during the intermission.

“Last year … he actually had a song that he sang with everyone on stage,” Jensen said.

“This year … because we’ve got some large groups and some more difficult transitions on the stage … we’ll be using Santa Claus to help us out in terms of the segue from transitioning from one act to the other.”

Tickets to Festive Magic cost $22.58 for adults and $14.44 for youth and are available at the box office or online.

“We have lots of seats yet,” Jensen said.

“Typically from now on until the event we’ll be selling lots of tickets. People love this show … but by all means, there’s still room for a lot more.”

Organizations: Prince Albert, Vickers School Bell Choir, Rawlinson Centre Vickers

Geographic location: Carrot River, Montreal, Saskatoon

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