Christmas traditions will be explored when the Redland City choir presents White Christmas at the Redland Performing Arts Centre at 7pm on December 13 and 2pm on December 14.
Choir conductor Anita Taylor said this year's show was set in two villages and when a boy becomes engaged to a girl from the other village, they share their various traditions together. Playing the roles are Sydney Brand of Thornlands as Sherry and Michael Gunton of Mansfield as Simon. The story forms the snowy backdrop and framework for various traditional and inspiring Christmas songs. The set has been designed by Iyan MacKenzie and made by Karen Wootton.
This year's guest artist is Air Magic skipping group which will perform a five-minute segment to The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Also performing are the Redland College singers and school rock band Black Light.
Featured performers are Kim Hennlewhite and Mayor Karen Williams with soloists including Maddie Young, Harry Johnson, Ethan Bastow, Daniel Eban, Jay Cornish, Georgia Cook, Sam Petherick-Collins, Shannah Evans, Tammy Duffy, Sharon Rogers, Kathy Weller and Judy Wyatt.
When Christmas Comes to Town will be sung by child group comprising Lilly, Vic, Adeline and Mairead Hardy and Michal and Stephanie Taylor.
The program includes Sing We Now of Christmas, Deck the Halls, How Much is that Doggie in the Window?, Mary Did You Know? and O Holy Night.
The show is directed by Erin Hardy with musical accompaniment provided by Peter Crane and a professional band.
This is the sixth musical event presented at Christmas by the choir, including The Messiah which was presented in 2017. The choir will present The Messiah again in 2020.
"The shows are family friendly and suit any age. Every year, we tell the story of Christmas but in a different way, with new sets and costumes," Ms Taylor said.
All funds raised support the prevention of domestic violience. To date, the concerts have raised almost $45,000.
"We are proud to adopt this as our major charity. And it's nice to see that the men in the choir care just as much as the women," Ms Taylor said.