Play, concerts bring holiday spirit to Missouri Southern

An adventure featuring Hansel, Gretel and a lost elf from the North Pole and three concerts spotlighting musicians and vocalists from Missouri Southern State University are bringing the holiday spirit to campus this week.

‘Hansel and Gretel’s Christmas Adventure’

Southern Theatre and Show-Me Celebration Company will present “Hansel and Gretel’s Christmas Adventure” at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday  in Taylor Performing Arts Center.

Written and directed by Lyndall Burrow, the play finds Hansel and Gretel trying to raise money for their family, which has no food or presents on Christmas Eve.

Admission is $1 for adults and 50 cents for children 12 and under. The Southern Theatre box office is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For tickets, call 417-625-3190 or visit www.mssu.edu/ticket-office.

Swingin’ Holiday Show

The Southern Jazz Orchestra will present the annual Swingin’ Holiday Show at 7:3o p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall.

The concert will feature traditional big band selections and holiday favorites. Jessie Pendergraft will be the guest vocalist.

Seasonal Choral Flourish

The fourth annual Seasonal Choral Flourish will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at First Community Church, 2007 E. 15th St.

The concert, presented by the Missouri Southern Music Department, will include performances by the Concert Chorale, Jazz Unlimited and the Chamber Singers.

Dr. David Sharlow, assistant professor of music, said the concert will include a variety of music, centered around “fun arrangements of holiday favorites.”

The annual concert has traditionally been held at St. Peter the Apostle Church, but due to restoration work, it has been moved to First Community Church.

Choral Society Concert

The annual MSSU Choral Society Concert will be offered at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at First Baptist Church, 102 N. Roane Ave., Webb City.

The choir will feature Irving Berlin selections from the film “White Christmas,” including “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “Blue Skies,” “Sisters,” “The Best Things Happen When You’re Dancing” and the movie’s title song. Additional selections will include Mozart’s “Praise the Lord, Be Joyful” and “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” which will feature organ accompanist Eleanor McLemore. “The Christmas Cantata” will feature narration by Gayle Tuck.

Soloists for the concert will include Kathi Cassidy, Albert Johnson, Lexi Maliszewski, Annette Nethery and Linda Simmons.