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Stephanie Raper
In the Loop Editor

If you haven’t noticed already, it’s Christmas time!

Christmas lights, parades, and other special holiday events and traditions abound this time of year, and the annual Visions’ Christmas program is no exception. This year, the Grenada High School Visions’ Showchoir is made up of 53 talented young singers and dancers, and the 2013 Christmas show, entitled, The Gift Inside, promises to be their best show to date
The show focuses on the Christmas season. Visions’ members learn the lesson that giving is the reason for the season all too well as they begin packing and delivering Christmas Shoeboxes for needy children.

As the show unfolds, the main character, a foster child, realizes that helping others is more than just spending money. He learns that helping is about giving of yourself, and that the true gift of Christmas is an open heart and a giving spirit. Songs to be performed during the show include: Christmas Is; Shake Up Christmas, Twelve Days of Christmas (with the 12 Days of Christmas Kids); Twas the Night Before Christmas; The Most Wonderful Day of the Year; Elf Medley (with Entertainers); Santa’ s on His Way (with Pizzazz); Silver Bells; Joyful, Joyful; and This Christmas.

Talents in Visions’ range from singing, dancing, instrumental performance, set design, and sound and lighting management to staging. This incredible group of performers entertains at local events, nursing homes, local club meetings, and other events. Visions’ occasionally performs out of state, and most recently performed at Disney World’s Downtown Disney’s main stage over the Thanksgiving break. The group traveled with chaperones and school supporters to Orlando, Florida where they entertained a crowd of over 400. Visions’ is under the direction of Jenni Winter, Director; Kim Porter, Assistant Director; and Jan Walton, Costume Director.

The Gift Inside will be presented in the Grenada High School Auditorium. Show dates and times are:
-Thursday, December 12, 2013 – 2:00p.m. Senior Citizen Matinee ($2.00); Regular performance 7:00p.m.
-Friday, December 13, 2013 – 8:40a.m. GHS Student School Show ($3.00); Regular performance 7:00p.m.
Advance tickets for the regular performance may be purchased from any Visions’ member, Dolly’s, Regions Bank, Gift Box, Attitude on Pointe, and GSD Central Office. Advance tickets cost $5.00; tickets purchased at the door may be purchased for $7.00.

The Gift Inside will feature students from Grenada Elementary School in the Twelve Days of Christmas. Students from the Grenada Upper Elementary’s Pizzazz will perform in Santa’s on His Way, while the Grenada Middle School’s Entertainers will participate in Elf
Members of the 2013 – 2014 GHS Visions’ Showchoir include:
Senior Dancer/Singers: Sarah Kate Griffin, Jhayla Maxie, Beth Moore, Paige Porter, Sydney Reid, Mitchell Sones, and Sydney Taylor
Junior Dancer/Singers: Jarvis Benson, Mason Blair, Matthew Murphy, Hayley Garlington, Claire Sanford, Selena Trotter, Hannah Waters, and Grace Worthy
-Sophomore Dancer/Singers: Conner Allen, Rylee Artman, Carson Carrithers, Jessi Morgan, Sloane Reid, Melissa Sones, and Jaylon Townsend
-Freshmen Dancer/Singers: Ayanna Berry, Anna Bradlie Blair, Kaylee Clanton, Taylor Garlington, Raina Livingston, Jamie Muilwyk, Bailey Muselwhite, Noah Porter, and LaDarrius Thurmond
-Band: Chris Bew, Emily Britt, Ioyanna Collins, Logan Conner, Tristan Crockett, Katie Owen, Jacob Robertson, Kushun Rounds, Tyree Phillips, Dylan Teas, and Dakota Young
-Crew: Chase Alldread, Chance Davis, Tori DuBard, Emily Lampkin, Kelsey Lipe, Grant Martin, Mallory McWhorter, Elizabeth Parks, Peyton Porter, Deane Tilley, Taylor Vance and Dakota Young.

Make plans to attend the annual Visions’ Christmas show on December 12 – 13, 2013.

Let the talented members of Visions’ fill you with the wonder of the season as they show you the value of The Gift Inside.