The goal of the Lebanon Association for Theatre Arts' Christmas show is to ring in the holiday season for audience members, says director Terri Krebs.
Twenty-eight performers and six cast members, ages 6 to 70 and above, will get started Friday night with the first performance of the company's annual variety show in the auditorium at Lebanon High School, 1700 S. Fifth St. auditorium. Two performances will follow on Saturday, at 2 and 7 p.m.
The show opens with hosts Pam Nerving and Krebs interviewing four popular guests who are synonymous with Christmas: Santa Claus, played by Ryan McWayne, Mrs. Claus (Terry Wadlow), Buddy the Elf (Tracy Krebs), and The Grinch (Davin Dahlgren).
The hosts will introduce several singers and instrumental performers throughout the production, including Voices in Your Head, LAFTA's a cappella group. Group members will sing "Angels We Have Heard On High," "Christmas Wish," and "That's Christmas To Me."
Younger kids will sing and dance to "Jingle Bell Rock." Judy Stevens and Janet Crossnan will play a piano duet of "Joy To The World."
"Liam, Aidan and Kiara McWayne will sing 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas,'" Krebs said.
Newcomer James F. Wright, who has performed and recorded professionally, will play the guitar and sing "Feliz Navidad."
"The entertainment is varied and has some great performances," Krebs said.
Other activities at the show include an ugly sweater contest, the annual Christmas sing-along and another favorite treat.
"After the show we'll feature our inexpensive famous wassail and Tim Tam Slams," Krebs said.