Smoot Theatre to present Hometown Christmas concert

Photo by Wayne Towner Members of the Smoot House Band rehearse Sunday at the historic theatre in downtown Parkersburg in preparation for the annual Smoot Hometown Christmas at 8 p.m. Friday.

PARKERSBURG — The Smoot Theatre will be presenting its annual Hometown Christmas program at 8 p.m. Friday at the historic theatre in downtown Parkersburg.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students. Tickets are available by calling 304-422-PLAY (7529) or online at

“Folks of the Mid-Ohio Valley return to see this show year after year and are never disappointed,” said Smoot director Felice Jorgeson. “Although the title remains the same and Christmas music rarely changes, the presentation always has new twists and turns.”

For Friday’s performance, she said the stage will be decked out in snow-covered trees and the singers will sparkle just as much as the snow.

In addition to the Smoot House Band, the show will also feature the Smoot Singers — Barbara Full, Marsha Parsons, Su Meredith, David Rexroad, Bob Heflin and R.J. Lowe — performing songs like “Winter Wonderland,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and many more. The ladies of that group will be the back-up for Rick Lillard’s “Jingle Bells.”

There will be a full string section along with the band as they perform some Michael Buble arrangements as well as Darlene Love’s “Christmas Baby Please Come Home” featuring newcomer to the show, Heather Hepburn. Also making her stage debut at the Smoot will be Emily Manhattan with Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” Jorgeson said.

“For the first time this year there will be a new ‘family section’ featuring a piano duet by mother-daughter duo Jane and Liddy Wilfong as well as a segment by the Williams Family,” she said.

Jorgeson said there will also be snow in the Smoot again this year, along performances of Christmas classics like “White Christmas,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “The Christmas Song” and “Home for Christmas.”