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Several holiday events on tap at Cumming Playhouse
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The Sounds of Sawnee Concert Band will present "Do You Hear What I Hear?" featuring a wide selection of holiday tunes.

Harold Titus, a member of the group, said currently there are about 50 active members of the band.

"The Sounds of Sawnee Concert Band will celebrate our 20th anniversary next year," he said. "The first concert of the band was in December of 1993, which started a yearly tradition of presenting a holiday concert."

Titus said the Christmas concert at 8 p.m. Thursday Dec. 13 will offer selections from a wide cross section of genres.

"We’ll have popular pieces like ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ and sacred selections like ‘O Holy Night,’" he said.

There will also be classics such as "White Christmas" and "Sleigh Ride," he said, and some "just for fun" including "Stars and Stripes for Christmas."

Titus is hoping for a large crowd. Tickets are $15.

"There is a joy in our performance which we hope will instill joy for the season in our audience," he said. "We promise the audience will leave smiling."

Meanwhile, the Cumming Playhouse Singers will perform a Christmas concert, at 8 p.m. Friday.

Tickets are $15, or $20 with $5 going to Liberty Middle School Chorus.

Director Van McCollum said about 55 singers will take the stage for the group’s annual Christmas concert.

Most of the singers, which include men and women, hail from Forsyth County.

"I think we have one from Suwanee and one from Alpharetta … there’s a few that are scattered out, but mostly they’re from Forsyth County," McCollum said.

This will be the seventh year for the group’s Christmas concert.

"It’s going to be, as usual, a variety of Christmas music from traditional carols to more modern, contemporary carols," he said. "There will be a lot of favorites like ‘White Christmas’ and those sorts of things."

This year’s concert will also feature a girls’ ensemble from Liberty Middle School.

"They’ll be participating with us and we’ll be sharing the proceeds to help support their program," McCollum said.

He’s hoping for a large turnout.

"It’s always entertaining," he said. "The title is ‘Welcome the Holidays’ and hopefully they’ll join us to do just that."

On Saturday Dec. 16, Jeanie Lipscomb, Marianna Carroll and Gloria Szokoly will present "Christmas Classics," a traditional holiday music show.

First performed in 2004, "Christmas Classics" continues to embrace the founders’ idea of reclaiming and nurturing Cumming’s hometown Christmas spirit through a grassroots effort.

Each year’s performance is new and different, spotlighting accomplished local talent.

The ninth annual show will welcome back the North Georgia Chamber Symphony as one of several performances.

"We’ll also have a classical guitar, a young man playing piano, a ballerina and a jazz number," Lipscomb said.

She encouraged audiences to attend 3 p.m. show for a diverse holiday event.

"Audiences should expect just a varied festive Christmas show in a classical style," she said.

Tickets are $15.

For those interested in more theatrical numbers, the PlayRight Productions will present the holiday sequel to "Smoke on the Mountain" with "Sanders Family Christmas."

Founding partner Renee Davis said audiences can catch up with the Sanders family, the gospel singers who lead the cast of the classic musical, which has been performed at the Cumming Playhouse several times in recent years.

"The Christmas play takes place nearly four years after the original," she said. "It’s December 1941, just 18 days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and one of the Sanders’ own is preparing for war."

As in "Smoke on the Mountain," the Sanders family is invited back to perform during a church singing at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.

The musical features more than two dozen classic Christmas carols and hymns.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Dec. 17-22 and tickets are $25.

Tickets for any of the events at the

Cumming Playhouse located at 101 School St., in Cumming can be purchased by calling 770-781-9178, or visiting www.playhousecumming.com

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