Key Largo Christmas Pageant
The Key Largo Christmas Pageant, a staple of the Florida Keys Christmas season, is celebrating its sixth year at the Coral Shores Performing Arts Center. Four performances, free to the public, are slated for the December 11-13 weekend.
The 47-member adult and 17-member children’s choir, along with over 100 church members has been busy in rehearsals and preparations since August in order to bring to fruition their most elaborate production to date. With over five miles of electrical and sound cables; 150 moving, special effect and stage lights, and intense set decorations; this year’s production is guaranteed to rival your favorite Broadway performance.
Set in three acts, the adult choir, dressed in Victorian era, will open the show with traditional songs of the season that have warmed our hearts throughout the generations. The second act features the most beloved children’s choir promising to “ring” their way once again into the hearts of the audience. The third act will showcase the presentation of this year’s theme “Peace on Earth” with each song a representation of our individual and national prayer for peace and goodwill toward all men. Local high school students Breen Prince and Latrice Johnson will take your breath away with their lyrical dance numbers. The cast will then close the show with a traditional rendition of the Christmas Story.
Show times are 7 pm on Friday and Saturday nights and 10 am and 6 pm on Sunday. If you have a party of 10 or more and would like reserved seating, please contact the church office at 451-1642.
Marathon Community Chorale
Following a community hymn concert this past summer, St. Columba Episcopal Church music director Bonnie Cucchi approached Rev. Debra Maconaughey about the powerful voices made stronger when joined together as one. Though individual churches had hosted and performed Messiah performances in years past, Cucchi said this is the first year the Marathon performance will use voices from several churches at once.
After recruiting direction from Prof. Emily Lowe of Florida Keys Community College, who will be assisted by Sergio Puig, Cucchi and Brenda Duff helped form the Marathon Community Chorale. Voices from San Pablo Catholic Church, Kirk of the Keys Presbyterian Church, Marathon Community United Methodist Church, Martin Luther Chapel and St. Columba will perform Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, Dec. 13, at Marathon High School.
“I don’t know of another group that’s worked so hard, so quickly and done such a beautiful job,” Lowe said proudly.
Admission for the event is a canned good or non-perishable item for KAIR. Seating at MHS is limited, so everyone is encouraged to pick up a free ticket, available at St. Columba Church and Marathon Community Theatre.
A reception will follow with Christmas cookies and hot apple cider. There will be a raffle to benefit community non-profits. Raffle tickets are $2 and only 1,500 tickets will be sold. Raffle items include a Toshiba laptop computer, a digital camera and camera kit and a DVD player.
Marathon Community Theatre presents Christmas/Holiday Production
Marathon Community Theatre (MCT) will present its annual Christmas/Holiday production featuring the MCT Chorus on Saturday, December 19 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. The show will also include special performances from the various dance classes offered at MCT.
“This is the best chorus we’ve ever had; the voices will amaze you,” said Kathryn Rummery, MCT Chorus director for many years.
Tickets are free, but reservations are a MUST. All seating is assigned. A second performance has been added this year in order to accommodate more patrons.
Free treats and a cash bar will be available immediately following the show.
“This production is our gift to the community as a thank you for your constant support,” said Loretta Geotis, Executive Director. Call 305-743-0994 for reservations or stop by the box office at 5101 Overseas Highway in Marathon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.