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A new aerial arts program will be one of the performances featured in The Majestic Theatre's holiday variety show and fundraiser Saturday night. 

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In the spirit of giving during the holiday season, The Majestic Theatre is hosting its Holiday Spectacular Saturday night.

The variety show and fundraiser will give community members an opportunity to sample in one evening many of the artistic endeavors their donations are supporting,  said Jimbo Ivy, theater supervisor and master of ceremonies.

"Over the course of two hours, folks will see everything from ballet to musical theater to improv to chamber music to our new aerial arts program, Majestic Aerial Arts, which features graceful physical performance in midair," Ivy said.

Performances will be loosely themed to include celebrations held during the winter holidays, reflecting the many different cultures in the mid-valley, Ivy said.

Audience members can see previews of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," coming in May by director Rick Hammel, along with the fall 2018 musical "Catch Me If You Can," directed by Ruth Mandsager. 

In addition to the variety of performances on stage, the Holiday Spectacular offers a bake sale and silent auction. Auction items donated by community members include signed posters from Broadway performances of "Cats" and "The Phantom of the Opera," as well as more personal items, such as a chance to go sailing with musical director Jim Martinez, Ivy said.

The Majestic's annual goal is to raise $75,000, and the hope is to be able to raise $10,000 of it with the event, Ivy said.

"The Majestic currently depends on donations not just for improvement projects, but for our operations as well," Ivy said. "Without the generosity of our donors who patronize events like this, we cannot provide support to all of the amazing programs that call the Majestic home."

The Majestic Holiday Spectacular replaces the theatre's annual summer fundraiser, the Majestic Follies.

Ivy said the major highlight for most people who attended similar fundraisers, like the Majestic Follies in the past, was the variety of acts they could see in one short program.

"It really showcases all of the amazing talent present in the Corvallis area," he said.

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