Bryson Holloway, one of the singers for Theatre Macons Christmas Cabaret, just could not contain his excitement about this weekends performances.
We are so looking forward to the shows, Holloway said.
Weve really all worked very hard on these songs and we just know everyone is going to have a great time. ... Its going to be fantastic. We have about 26 songs picked out and the audience will be rocking in their seats!
This is the second year that Holloway has orchestrated the Christmas Cabaret.
It began fairly simply, Holloway said. Me, Jim Penndorf and David Lintz regularly sing together in a group called Class Act. We met at Theatre Macon and formed the group together. Last year, we decided that we wanted to do a Christmas show at Theatre Macon and took the idea to director Jim Crisp. He was enthusiastic about it. JJ Hobbs, who is a wonderful singer, heard about it and wanted to join with us. Rob Sumowski played the drums with us, too. It turned into a somewhat old fashioned entertainment special, like they used to do in the 50s and 60s.
This year the group will be joined by four more people: Kailey Rhodes, Patrick Hamiltion, Tim Hinojosa and Sasha Penndorf. Jim Penndorf is playing the piano again and David Lintz is on the guitar again.
The cabaret also will serve as a platform for a toy drive benefitting Toys for Tots.
Its an unofficial event, Holloway said. But the Marines will be there to take in the toys again this year. We are also having a raffle, with half of the proceeds each night being donated to Toys for Tots and half going to the winner of the raffle.
Although not part of Theatre Macons regular season, Holloway said they just felt like there was a place for something like this. ... Well be singing sacred and secular songs that everyone will know. Its definitely an audience participation show!
Some of Holloways favorite songs include White Christmas and Jingle Bells.
To make it even more special, David Lintz has written a new song called Christmas Morning, which will be premiered at the Christmas Cabaret.
Its a beautiful song and were really excited to be performing it and to have had the opportunity to work with him on it, Holloway said.
As for a great reason to come out in the cold, Holloway said its a fun show supporting a good cause.
It will have everyone dancing and singing and fully in the Christmas spirit. We want as many people to come out as possible, both because Toys for Tots is a good cause, but also because this is just fun, he said.
Its the time of year to have fun with family and friends. Its time to make new memories and kick back and be festive. No one is going to want to have missed it.
When: 8 p.m. Dec. 20-21 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 22
Where: Theatre Macon, 438 Cherry St.
Cost: $20; bring a toy or monetary contribution for Toys for Tots
Information: www.theatremacon.com; 478-746-9485