Heartwarming carols, exciting band arrangements, clever skits, a gospel choir and a stage full of dancing santa's are just the beginning of an evening certain to capture the holiday spirit.
This is the 20th anniversary of the event which began as a one-night production in 1989 and has grown to a three-night holiday variety show.
This year's show will also be the first for new choral director Kristina Waugh, who came to Northview from St. Patrick's in Terre Haute and splits her time between the high school choirs at Northview and the eighth-grade choir at North Clay Middle School.
The Northview High School choirs will perform an array of holiday favorites. This symphonic choir will sing a few lovely Christmas ballads and the Knight Singers will warm the heart with their classic version of "Baby It's Cold Outside."
No holiday concert would be complete without Leroy Anderson's one and only "Sleigh Ride," as performed this year by the Northview Concert Band. The group will also keep the toes tapping with a jazzed up version of "Jingle Bells," as well as group favorite, "A Stan Kenton Christmas."
Always a highlight of the event is a visit from the percussion section under the direction of Rusty Bottomley. This year, they will present a special version of "Greensleeves," arranged by Pete Kikta, Assistant Principal at North Clay.
Any trip to the city at Christmastime brings out the Salvation Army. Northview drama students will take a look at how four generations of family each got their start "ringing the bell" for one of the nation's greatest charities.
Taking a twist on a PBS special from last year, the event will also feature "Crecent City Christmas." All the members of the ensembles will join together and take the audience on a visit to the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans. Guest artists, Rob Waugh and Norm Hanson will leave the band through a stirring arrangement of "O' Holy Night," and the combined choirs will perform a gospel version of the "Hallelujah Chorus," that is guaranteed to have the audience singing.
Northview Christmas Spectacular performances will take place Dec. 9-11, at 7:30 p.m., at the Northview Auditorium. Reserved seating costs $6. General admission tickets for adults are $4 and students/preschool seats are $3.
All proceeds from the event are used to purchase music throughout the year for the ensembles.
Tickets are available at the Northview music department, from 8 a.m.-noon.
Call 448-2661 Ext. 1257 for more information or a mail order form.