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Smoot Theatre children to present Christmas show

A Christmas concert by the Smoot Theatre Youth Vocal Ensembles will be presented 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at Trinity Episcopal Church on Juliana Street. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The Smoot Theatre Youth Vocal Ensembles will present a free Christmas concert 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at Trinity Episcopal Church on Juliana Street.

The choral groups are the Smoot Theatre Children’s Chorus in its 12th year, the Smoot Theatre Boys Ensemble in its 10th year and the Smoot Theatre Girls Ensemble in its seventh year.

The Children’s Chorus will begin with its traditional processional “Jubilate Deo” from the 17th century and will continue with seasonal favorites and multi-cultural selections, including the French Carol “Noel Nouvelet,” a medley of traditional carols entitled “Jesus, Infant Holy,” the old English favorite “Masters in this Hall” and the traditional spiritual “Child of God.”

The Girls Ensemble portion of the concert will begin with its processional “Sing Dem Herrn” by Michael Praetorius, continuing with “Songs from Silence” by Elaine Hagenberg, followed by the contemporary “I See a Star,” the 16th century Basque carol “The Angel Gabriel,” and ending with the contemporary “Christmas Roundelay.”

During its portion of the concert, the Smoot Theatre Boys Ensemble will pay tribute to God, family and country by presenting musical selections “Sanctus! Sanctus!,” “Da Pacem Domine,” “A 30-Second Merry Christmas,” “The Water Is Wide” and a barbershop arrangement of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.”

In the finale, all the choirs will combine to sing “Peace, Peace” with the audience joining in the singing of “Silent Night.”

The group is an auditioned choir of fourth, fifth and sixth graders from the Mid-Ohio Valley who meet for weekly rehearsals and music instruction by the staff: Director Barbara Full, accompanist Marsha Parsons and Smoot Director Felice Jorgeson. The Boys Ensemble is a group of boys in grades seven and above and is directed by Janet Blessing. The group of girls in grades seven and above is directed by Cathy Martin.

The concert is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted. Masks are requested for the audience.

Trinity Episcopal Church at 430 Juliana St. in Parkersburg is handicap accessible and has ample parking available.

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