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Swingin’ into the season

With the Christmas season in full swing, it’s time once again to get ready for performances at the Ritz Theatre.

This year’s Christmas entertainment will prove to be a little different from past performances as it incorporates not only traditional Christmas song and dance, but also a bit of jazz.

Greenville native Lindsey Kennedy Benedict gave her first performance in Greenville a few months back, and proudly returns for another round. This year, Benedict will act as the soloist with Ray Reach and the Little Big Band out of Birmingham, and will also get the chance to show off her dancing abilities.

The performance will be called “A Swinging Christmas” and will be on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre.

“We’re going to do a lot of great jazz and swing music, plus Christmas tunes,” said Benedict. “It’s a dream come true to be able to have this show; it’s exciting that people have already said they will be coming.”

Along with the promise of outstanding music, Benedict will also choose a few members of the audience to take on stage for dancing demonstrations, and she will also perform a few dance numbers with her partner Aaron Ferguson, an instructor at Starlite Ballroom in Mobile.

“It will be an evening of sheer musical delight with this mini orchestra and the added joy of hearing hometown girl Lindsey Kennedy Benedict,” said Nancy Idland, executive director of the Greenville Area Arts Council.

Tickets for “A Swinging Christmas” are $20 for adults and $15 for students. Tickets are available at the door the night of the show or can be purchased locally in Greenville at The Pineapple, McFerrin’s Jewelry and The Medicine Shoppe.