OREM With a show that promises to be a little bit of Radio Music Hall, a smidge of old-time television and a dose of the old Andy Williams entertainment specials, 25-year entertainment veterans Steve and Lisa James bring "Return to Christmas" back to the SCERA Center for the Arts.
The 90-minute show is set entirely to music and filled with original and traditional music, professional singers and dancers as well as comedic sketches.
The evening will embrace many aspects of Christmas, beginning with a contemporary rendition of Steve James' original "Christmas All Around," looking at holidays past with a Dickens' era adaptation of the same song and a finale that pays homage to the first Christmas in Bethlehem.
Among the performers will be Kim DelGrosso's Holiday Dancers, including the four DelGrosso sisters. Many of the dancers have performed on television's "Dancing With the Stars." Also featured will be Jason Celiya, who was seen on "You're the One That I Want."
"I hope the audience will reflect on their own childhood memories as they take our musical journey through Christmas," said James, who originated the concert in 2006. James wrote or arranged most of the music. "I also hope my original compositions will strike a familiar chord and inspire a return to the true meaning of Christmas."
Production numbers will range from a rock 'n' roll jingle called "One Horse Open Sleigh" and a big band version of "Up on the Housetop" to two Vienna waltz selections and an Italian aria James wrote for his wife's soprano voice. Also planned are comedic pieces, including Christmas commercials from carols, "The Santa of the Opera" and "Allergic to Christmas."
Directing "Return to Christmas" will be Mitch Hall, while Lisa Kuhni will serve as assistant director.When not rehearsing for the show, Steve James uses his musical skills to advance the curriculum in public schools.
'Return to Christmas'
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Dec. 1, 2 p.m. matinees Saturdays
Cost: $14/$12 children, seniors
Where: SCERA Center for the Arts, 745 S. State, Orem