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Once Upon A Christmas to show Friday & Saturday at PHS

“This will be the best show we’ve done,” says vocal talent Lynn Weaver-New
    There are three shows - Friday, December 11th at 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 12th at 2:30 and 7 p.m.Tickets are available at the door for $15 or advanced tickets may be purchased for $12 at FX Hair Design & Color Studio, 1052 East Church St. or call 706-253-5188.
    Proceeds from the show go to support the PHS Theater department.

    The story of Christmas family traditions will be told through song and dance this Friday and Saturday at the PHS Performing Arts Center as North Georgia Acting Company puts on an absolutely beautiful show for our holiday entertainment.

    There’s nothing like a Christmas musical to get us ready for the holidays so grab your kids and grandkids, friends and neighbors and make plans to see Once Upon A Christmas this weekend. The show is guaranteed to lift your heart and boost your holiday spirit.
    Local actor Jennie Smith will portray Ellie Paso, a Texas doll that comes to life.
    “My job in the play is to lead Sarah, a teenager who is jaded  about Christmas and has lost her spirit, to the Christmas spirit. My job is to make her realize the magic and spirit of Christmas again. There’s sort of a Charles Dickens twist there.”
    This is Smith’s first acting production where she both sings and acts.
    “I like the creative twist this production puts in,” she said. “With the hustle and bustle of Christmas we can sometimes miss out on the true meaning of Christmas. It’s easy to get jaded.  We all can start to feel like this gift has to cost this much when it’s really about spending time with your family and bringing it back home to what the true meaning of Christmas is.”
    Smith said she is thrilled to be working with North Georgia Acting and in the PHS theatre.
    “I’ve never been in a theatre that is this high tech,” she said. “I am used to projecting. I mean I am going to have a head set! I don’t know if people realize just how high tech this theatre really is. This is an amazing theatre for this town to have.”
    Allison Boyle will portray the mother in the show, Karen Chester. Through song and dance, it’s her job to teach her daughter the true meaning of Christmas.
    “It’s not something that is bought in a store. It lives in our hearts,” Boyle said.
    Boyle said this Christmas show is special to her because for most people Christmas is just a one month period during December. But for her working on the show started in September and she’s “been in the Christmas spirit for three months!”
    Boyle performs along with her real-life daughter Anne Brown-Goolsby, who is also a member of the company.
    Another vocalist, Lynn Weaver-New joins the cast for a third year and says she loves being a part of such an exciting show with young people who bring such vibrancy to their performances.
    “I’m excited to be doing this with these young kids,” New said. “This play will be the best one we’ve done.”
    Dancers from Get To The Pointe Studio are also performing under the direction of Carla Jarrett and Lauren Bail. Valerie Boehm, PHS Arts Director, is the vocal arranger.