Christmas in New England IV preparation begins

Kevin Schaefer

Herald Editor

As the Children’s Choir who was backed by the full choir performed the final song on the afternoon of Nov. 23, 2008. The Christmas spirit inspired audience rose to their feet to show their appreciation for the absolutely wonderful performance of Christmas in New England III. FACEPublished August 23, 2013

The Herald

The Christmas spirit inspired audience rose to their feet to show their appreciation for the absolutely wonderful performance of Christmas in New England III. The performance which many called “A really big show”included special lighting, amplifiers and microphones. But these special effects only complimented the sounds of music that filled the interior of the St. Mary’s Church almost beyond capacity.

Previous performances of Christmas In New England and their directors were – • November, 2002-Ron Zimmerman-director • Christmas In New England II – November, 2005 – Ron Zimmerman-director and • Christmas In New England III-November, 2008 – Mark Suelzle-director. Those musical celebrations of Christmas performances were sponsored by the New England Community Arts Committee, Inc.

Realizing that it has been five years since the last performance, a committee of very enthusiatic young ladies have been meeting to schedule dates, choose music and search for a new director. The result has been the formation of a new parent group. “FACE” of New England (which stands for Fine Arts Culture & Events of New England) was born.

“FACE” has fortunately found a new director-Gina Joyce from Hettinger. Gina has been a music instructor at schools in our area for many years, She was at Richardton for one year, then at Regent for four years and most recently at Hettinger for eight years. She took a four year break, but this fall she returns to Hettinger. Joyce is also the current director of ‘The Hettinger Cowboy Band.’ Her husband is Dr. John Joyce.

As in the past, the community choir will be the ‘backbone’ of Christmas In New England IV. The performance will be filled with religious, inspirational and secular Christmas music and will include some traditional and new songs. There will be men’s choir, women’s choirs, a cappella men’s group, solo opportunities, maybe a flute, pipe organ, children’s choir and more than likely some fun ‘novelty’ numbers. And of course, the “reason for the season,” a Living Nativity.

The committee announces that practices will begin Sunday evening, Aug. 25th at 7 pm in the New England school’s music room. (Please use the west entrance of the school, due to construction) and everyone is invited to join. Practices will be held every Sunday evening and will last approximately two hours. For those who believe that they are unable to “carry a tune with a wheelbarrow,” there is a need for them also. Volunteers are also needed for other tasks that are necessary to pull of “A really big show.” As they say. “It takes a village.”

Performances this year are Nov. 22, 23 and 24.

For more information, you may contact any “FACE” committee member. • Michelle McCormick 563-4621 • Julie Opdahl 579-4787 • Nancy Belland 579-4782 • Toni Jung • Caroline Robinson

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