Story by Ashley Llorens
The Celebration of Christmas Music Show at Missouri Valley College was held November 20-22 at 7:30 p.m in the Ecklison-Mabee Theatre featuring MVC Concert Choir, Valley Voices, Valley Connection Show Choir, MVC Brass Ensemble, and MVC Repertory Dance Ensemble.
Concert choir opened the show with three tradition Christmas songs followed by a dance by Torey Miller. The show continued with performances from Show Choir, Repertory Dance Ensemble, and Valley Voices. There was also a solo by Taylor Witcher who sang “Where are You Christmas.”
“I sang the solo part in a choral arrangement of “Where are you Christmas” my freshman year and I’m graduating in May so Mrs. Malan thought it would be a nice farewell,” said Witcher, a senior in Concert Choir and Valley Voices. She said it was a nice way to end her college singing experience.
Choir director Diana Malan said this is the first time in years that the show was before the Thanksgiving holiday, but it did not affect anyone’s Christmas spirit. “Our audience seemed to enjoy the evening and that’s what we really strive to do-provide an evening of good music that gets everyone in the holiday spirit,” said Malan.
“I do think that even though the show was earlier that everyone still felt the Christmas spirit. It just got me that much more excited about Christmas,” said Ashley Schuld, a member of Concert Choir and Valley Voices.
The audience enjoyed it as well. Mike Marburger, a junior who attended the show, said, “While I was there I had the Christmas spirit then I realized we haven’t even hit thanksgiving yet.”
Overall, the audience seemed to have enjoyed the show as much as the performers did.
“Every person has worked so hard to make themselves better for the show and for our audience to enjoy are talents and that is what makes it all worth it,” said Schuld.
“For me, it’s a joy to watch everything come together. We put a lot of hours in on these shows and it takes a lot of work to get everything performance ready. I was very proud of how everything turned out,” said Malan.
The show was filled with lots of holiday spirit and a joy to watch. For a complete schedule of the spring productions visit moval.edu/fine_arts/production_schedule.php.