CHRISTMAS SENSATIONAL: Crenshaw Show Choir to hold annual winter show

Published 3:46 pm Thursday, December 8, 2016

It’s time once again for the annual Christmas Sensational performance of the Crenshaw County Show Choir. The show will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at Brantley High School in the old gymnasium, and will feature the talents of local high school and gifted program students from Brantley High School, Luverne High School and Highland Home School.

“We always do a traditional vow to Broadway at the beginning of all of our shows, so after that we’ll move onto the Christmas Sensational portion,” said Anne Head, director of the choir.

“I do direct the show, but I have great help from Dr. Pat Walker, who is our choral director, and his wife Sandy Walker, who does our staging and specialty costumes. We also have Holley Lester as a vocal coach. I also have Harrison Weed, who is our sound and technology person, and Emily Sims, who does our choreography. I could not do it without them.”

After the unexpected passing of Jim Head, former director, last year, the choir came together in their spring performance to honor his memory. This season’s performance will follow suit as they remember the impact he made on each of their lives.

“We basically are just continuing our tradition on. We did the May show without him, but to me it’s like he lives on, in a way, through that. He’s almost there when we’re doing things like that,” Head said.

“To me, it’s a comforting thing to me, because it feels right. It feels like something familiar to me, where so many things in my life now are so different. It’s important to me that that comradery with the kids that Jim had still goes on.”

Emily Sims, BHS junior, has performed in every Christmas program since the eighth grade and is excited to hit the stage once again.

“This year will definitely be a Christmas Sensational to remember,” Sims said.

“We have so many talented students and we can’t wait to share with you our joyful noises.”

The performance is open to any and all interested in attending, and Head is sure the audience will be impressed with the amount of talent on the stage this year.

“I think the arts provide such an element in life that you need for your future. It’s beneficial, and a lot of people don’t realize that. It’s beneficial to your career and your community,” Head said.

“There’s a lot of talent around here, and they give a lot of hours after school working around everything else they do. It takes time and dedication to make these performances, but when the curtain comes up, it’s all worth it.”