It’s just not Christmas without the tunes

It won’t be long until ears are ringing with yuletide classics.

The Sounds of Christmas is getting a head start with a holiday show that begins its run this weekend,  put together for the whole family.

With everything from country to gospel to rock music, the show is bound to get everyone in the audience in the Christmas spirit.

Conestogo’s Marilena Mohan has been in the show for the past three years. She can’t wait to hit the stage to perform some Christmas tunes. She sings, step dances and is a fiddler.

“There is music of all different genres. We are singing rock, country, gospel – it is all upbeat,” she said. “It is a really heartwarming show and the kids are really involved in all of it. It is a great family show – that is what we are trying portray on stage.”

One of her favourite numbers is a fun take on Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer.

Marilena Mohan and Rebecca Perry have been in the Sounds of Christmas show since it began four years ago. They will be taking the stage again this weekend in Waterloo.[Submitted]
Marilena Mohan and Rebecca Perry have been in the Sounds of Christmas show since it began four years ago. They will be taking the stage again this weekend in Waterloo. [Submitted]
“As a step dancer, we all have reindeer signs that we hold in front of us so you can only see our legs. It is an audience favourite. They can’t stop laughing,” she shared.

Preparations for the Christmas showcase started months ago, well before the holiday season.

“I am so excited for this show. We have been working on it since the end of September. I was going around school singing Christmas songs and all of my friends were like, ‘It’s not even Halloween yet!’” shared Rebecca Perry of St. Jacobs. “It is about giving a little bit of Christmas spirit and we want everyone to have fun.”

Put on by Guse Productions, Sounds of Christmas isn’t just about singing songs and dancing for a crowd. The show will be benefitting a local non-profit organization focused on helping young children with special needs to reach their full potential – KidsAbility.

“I think the message is about Christmas spirit, but it is also about giving back to the community. It is a great lesson for everyone in the show and everyone watching because we have put in this work to put on a show, but also to give back to KidsAbility to help out,” said Mohan. “Last year, a kid came up to me and told me how special the show was because he went to KidsAbility. ‘I am in the program that you help fund.’ That is the best part for me.”

Singers and dancers will take the stage for six shows at Waterloo Mennonite Brethren Church at 245 Lexington Rd. in Waterloo: Nov. 25 (2 and 7 p.m.), Nov. 26 (2 p.m.), Dec. 2 (2 and 7 p.m.) and Dec. 3 (2 p.m.).

Tickets are $20 for buyers 18 and under, and $30 for an adult. Groups of 20 or more are $25 per person.

They can be purchased at the box office at 519-502-8390, online at ticketscene.ca or the KidsAbility Foundation office in Waterloo. They are also available directly at www.guseproductions.com.

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