“Christmas in Killarney” features Irish dance, Christmas classics

Traditional Christmas classics and world-class Irish dancing are at the heart of “Christmas In Killarney: An Irish Christmas Celebration” to be performed at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, in the Marysville High School auditorium.

The performance is sponsored by the Marshall County Arts Cooperative. There are no advance tickets; rather, admission will be by freewill donation. People will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Doors to the auditorium will open at 6:30 p.m.

Set in Killarney, Ireland in the late 1920s, “Christmas In Killarney” shows what it means to celebrate Christmas the Irish way, where many of our Christmas traditions originated.

The show was created by Scott Doherty, the 2009 World Champion of Irish Dance, and Chris Smith, worldwide touring Irish musician. Doherty and Smith are co-executive directors of Colony Point Creative, the show’s producing organization based out of Toano, Va.

“The whole show originated from the idea of fusing together Christmas music with Irish music,” Smith said. “As I did more and more research, I found a lot of similarities between the two genres and many ways we could fuse the two together.”

The show combines the excitement of Irish dance with the harmonies of Christmas songs.

“We discovered many traditions we still do today stem from Ireland such as hanging a wreath on the door, the use of holly and ivy in wreaths, and placing candles in the windows,” Smith said.

Once the research was complete, the duo developed the show’s theme and through line – the elements that connect the story and describe the ways the characters are brought together.

“The other important aspects of the show are love and family,” Smith said. “Driving this show with love, family, and tradition helped us to guide the performance in a family-friendly way that touches on what we feel matters most. Adding in live dance and music is the icing on the cake to tie this beautiful production together.”

The show features eight dancers, four singers, and four musicians; they tour with a crew of five who oversee the show’s technical aspects. The group’s stop in Marshall County is part of a thirteen state tour starting in Colorado, Nov. 27, and ending in Virginia, Dec. 22.

For more information, call or text the arts cooperative at 785-859-4260.

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