Christmas variety show at Theatre Macon to benefit Toys for Tots

Telegraph correspondentDecember 20, 2013 

Sasha Penndorf, Tim Hinojosa, JJ Hobbs, Patrick Hamiltion, Kailey Rhodes and Bryson Holloway sing as David Lintz and Jim Penndorf provide music for Christmas Cabaret.

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Bryson Holloway, one of the singers for Theatre Macon’s Christmas Cabaret, just could not contain his excitement about this weekend’s performances.

“We are so looking forward to the shows,” Holloway said.

“We’ve really all worked very hard on these songs and we just know everyone is going to have a great time. ... It’s 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.

“It’s 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 Macon’s regular season, Holloway said they “just felt like there was a place for something like this. ... We’ll be singing sacred and secular songs that everyone will know. It’s definitely an audience participation show!”

Some of Holloway’s 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.

“It’s a beautiful song and we’re 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 it’s 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.

“It’s the time of year to have fun with family and friends. It’s time to make new memories and kick back and be festive. No one is going to want to have missed it.”

Christmas Cabaret

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

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