BPCC, City of Bossier to present annual Christmas show Dec. 2-3

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Photo by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune from the 2013 Christmas show.

Bossier Parish Community College, in collaboration with the City of Bossier City, is proud to present the 24th Annual Christmas Show, slated for 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, and Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Bossier Civic Center.

This “gift to Bossier City” has been entertaining children of all ages since 1992.

“It’s truly a Christmas spectacle. It’s a fun and exciting way to kick off the holidays,” Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, Dean of Communication and Performing Arts at BPCC, said. “We anticipate a thousand people per night, but there’s room for everybody. The more the merrier!”

Photo by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune from the 2013 Christmas show.
Photo by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune from the 2013 Christmas show.

This year’s show, “Santa’s Christmas Dream,” is sure to be a treat for everyone!

Living in the modern age of technology, Santa has realized children don’t just write letters anymore. Instead, they send their wishes through the computer and cell phones in a number of ways … multiple times! This gives Santa a big headache trying to learn all this new technology and it begins to stress him out.

Santa is overheard talking about a dream he had and it sends the Elves into a frenzy. They assume he had a horrible nightmare and that Christmas will come to an end! So, the elves arrive ahead of Santa in Bossier City to make sure nothing will prevent him from returning to the North Pole.

“The elves have come up with all sorts of catastrophes and get in a little trouble because of it,” Crawford said. “Of course, the surprise is what Santa was really dreaming about. You’ll have to come see the show to find out what that is.”

From the moment guests arrive, they enter a winter wonderland. The Civic Center lobby is filled with Christmas trees, each decorated by elementary schools in Bossier Parish.

Once in the auditorium, guests can enjoy cookies and juice while listening to live holiday music performed by the BPCC Jazz Ensemble. The show is emceed by Jesse Kortus and performing groups include the the Cavalier Players Chorus, the BPCC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, the BPCC Gospel Choir, BPCC staff member Susan Stakes, the Cavalier Cheerleaders, the Ladies in Gold danceline. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also make a special appearance for the show.

Children will also be able to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus after the show.

“Santa will be in the lobby after the show to hear all your Christmas wishes,” Crawford said. “This would be the time to tell him what you want for

Photo by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune from the 2013 Christmas show.
Photo by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune from the 2013 Christmas show.

Christmas!”

One of Crawford’s favorite moments in the show is inviting the children to sit around the stage to listen as he reads “’Twas the Night before Christmas.”

The annual Christmas show has become a tradition for many families.

“We don’t really have a definitive start to the holiday season, but many people have made this the start,” Crawford said. “It’s after Thanksgiving and the weather is usually a little cooler. It’s something people really look forward to in Shreveport-Bossier. It’s really nice for us to know that we are part of family traditions.”

Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. both nights and admission is free to the community. Canned food donations for The Northwest Louisiana Food Bank are welcome.

“The more we can give to the food bank, the more rewarding it is for us,” Crawford said. “BPCC’s Student Government Association decorates the food boxes and loads them up after the show. It really does their hearts good to see those boxes full. It’s easy to grab a can of food or box as you leave the door to come. It’s a great way to get children involved in giving back with this donation. It sends a nice message.”

The Bossier Civic Center is located at 620 Benton Road. For more information, call 318-678-6021 or theatre@bpcc.edu.