MINT HILL – Winter officially starts this weekend, and Mint Hill-based nonprofit Spotlight Performing Arts Academy is ready to usher in the season – and spread some Christmas cheer – with its holiday stage production, “Walking in a Winter Wonderland.”
The production is a one-night variety show and will include songs about winter and Christmas, holiday skits, ballet dances and more. The performance will take place Friday, Dec. 20, at Spotlight’s home, 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road. Tickets cost $5 in advance or $7 at the door.
After a successful Halloween-themed production – a mystery/comedy entitled “A Murder at the Hill’s” – Spotlight founder Angela Gordon Mills decided to take a different approach for a Christmas-themed show. Because Spotlight offers lessons in a variety of performing arts, Mills decided to combine those elements to showcase a wider range of talent.
“It’s a variety show,” Mill said. “We have soloists, people singing, a dancer doing ballet, three skits … and in between different (scenes) we’ll have a duet of trumpet and guitar doing transition
Mills will kick off the show by singing “Winter Wonderland,” and a group of local students will take the stage at various times throughout the one-hour show. Soloists will sing songs like “All I Want for Christmas is You” and “Once Upon a Christmas,” and a dancer will perform a ballet set to “Let it Snow.” The show also will feature three Christmas skits including a Rudolph scene and comedies about Christmas stress and the good and bad things about the season.
“It’s a funny show,” Mills said. “That’s the one thing I want to get across. It’s cute, fun and great for kids, but adults will appreciate the humor, too.”
Mills’ husband, Jon, and a fellow Spotlight music instructor, John Sharp, will play traditional carols between scene changes as a trumpet/guitar duo. And Mills said Elvis will make a special appearance, performing the classic “Blue Christmas.”
Mills hosted auditions for the show in October, and the cast has been rehearsing at least twice a week since the beginning of November. She’s also adorned the stage with blue, white and silver garland, Christmas trees, ornaments and snowflakes to reflect the show’s theme.
“The snowballs, snowflakes and blue clouds make it look wintry,” she said.
The main thing Mills wants to bring to the community through “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” is a surge of holiday energy. Though local parades, Christmas festivals and tree lighting ceremonies have taken place over the past several weeks, Mills said she knows there are people still struggling to catch the spirit.
“I wanted to do something for the holidays … to bring the Christmas spirit,” she said. “We’ve already done the tree lighting, and there’s (not a lot) going on right before Christmas, so I’m hoping the show will help me – and help everyone else, too – to get into that Christmas spirit.
“It’s a good opportunity to sit down with family, bring the kids and relax and enjoy something about Christmas.”
Find more information at, www.spot lightacademyonline.com, or call 704-545-