Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas at the Movies

For the second half of the choral concert at Northland Church, (530 Dogtrack Road, Longwood FL), I sat as high as I could so my book light wouldn't disturb anyone around me. There was a Sleigh Ride Medley, a White Christmas Medley and plenty of dancers with hyper Disney pep in their steps. I identified best with the deep throated baritones singing, You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch. From my elevated perch, I looked down on all the Who's in Whoville singing on the stage. Even my jaded heart gave a subtle twitch.

The last Central Florida Community Arts Concert I saw in this venue had beach balls that floated down on the crowd from the rafters.  Beach balls might not be appropriate for Christmas. Then I wondered why no one ever created giant inflatable snow flakes. I just might have to put that on my to-do list. There were projections of snowflakes on the screen behind the singers and sometimes on the walls of the hall.

I really liked the quick paced performance by Jimmy Moore and Melissa Mason Braillard when the presented "Christmas Story" in three minutes or less. When Melissa acted as Ralphie helping his dad change a tire, it was extra funny when she dropped the lug nuts shouting F---! Jimmy clapped his hand over her mouth just in time before she soiled the sanctuary. Later they presented "Christmas Vacation" in three minutes or less, but many of the references were lost on me since I didn't know the movie as well.

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