The Arroyo Grande Rotary Club will sponsor its 4th Annual Christmas and Holiday Concert and Sing-Along on Sunday, December 18th. This special 4:00pm matinee will be presented at Arroyo Grande's intimate Clark Center. Attendees will be able to hear great area performing groups and join their family and friends in singing all their favorite Christmas and holiday songs. Tickets for the Community Christmas and Holiday Sing-Along are now available from the Clark Center Box Office. Net proceeds from this event will be donated to the music and arts programs of various South County schools. Proceeds from the 2010 Sing-Along were used to purchase a Marching Band parade banner and guitars for the Nipomo High School Music Department.
Delighting the audience again at this year's show will be the Village Carolers of Studio Sing, Sing, Sing. Joining the Village Carolers will be the Arroyo Grande High School a Cappella Choir, the Estero Bay Brass Quintet and the Grande Bell Ringers from the First United Methodist Church of Arroyo Grande. The dancing DPAC Prancers will also delight the crowd as will a special appearance by Santa Claus which is being arranged by Rev. Curt Miner! Audience Sing-Alongs will include "Deck the Halls,' "Silent Night," "Let It Snow" and "Frosty the Snowman." The big crowd pleaser is the singing of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" which traditionally thrills every audience member. The Clark Center lobby will be filled with the festive dulcimer music of Kevin Young prior to the show. A post show lobby reception will feature complimentary sweets and drinks and the opportunity for kids to meet Santa Claus.
Talent for the Christmas and Holiday Sing-Along is being organized by Judith Dunlore, Director of the Village Carolers and Studio Sing, Sing, Sing. Judith will act as Master of Ceremonies, will lead her costumed Village Carolers and also direct the Community Sing-Along portions of the show. The Estero Bay Brass, a quintet consisting of two trumpets, a French horn, trombone and tuba, performs regularly around SLO County and was featured at the Arroyo Grande Centennial Celebration this past summer. The Arroyo Grande High School a Cappella Choir has been invited to sing in New York next April at the historic Avery Fischer Hall. The Dellos Performing Arts Center from Arroyo Grande will feature its young DPAC "Prancers" from its Jazz 1 class in a spirited "Jingle Bell Rock" directed by Tahirih Ellison. The Grande Bell Ringers under the direction of Leonard Lutz return for their second appearance at the Sing-Along.
The major corporate sponsor for the Sing-Along is Santa Barbara Bank & Trust. KCOY 12 and FOX 11 are again the concert's exclusive television media partners. The Coast News and its parent company Tolosa Press return as the event's newspaper sponsor. Santa Maria's KSMX is the show's radio sponsor.
Tickets for the Community Christmas and Holiday Sing-Along are only $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for children and students and are now available from the Clark Center Box Office at 489-9444 or www.clarkcenter.org. Special family discount pricing (in advance only) allows up to six family members to attend for only $30.00! It is suggested that all tickets be purchased well in advance since the 2010 Sing-Along sold out. Complete event and sponsor information is available at http://agrotary.org.