Annual Spirit Of Christmas Show Involved 80 People

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More than 80 members of local churches are involved in bringing the annual "Spirit of Christmas" concert to the Payson stage, Sunday, Dec. 16.

"There are five people involved in the character and narration. There are people building sets and setting up the auditorium. Payson Assembly of God church is providing a children's choir. There are more people involved in the music and drama," keyboardist Ken Curl said.

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The annual Spirit of Christmas show, produced by members of Payson churches, will take place Dec. 16.

The music will include Christmas musical arrangements made popular by Trans Siberian Orchestra, performed by a band formed by local residents, including Diane Ruslow and Les Barr.

"Trans Siberian Orchestra is a guitar-driven group with nice arrangements. We'll be playing "Angels in Winter," a Tchaikovsky-based piece that TSO wrote and several other TSO songs," Curl said.

"We will have a toy scene to Trans Siberian's "A Mad Russian Christmas" and the kids will be singing, "Come On Ring Those Bells" and "Jesus Born This Day"," Eric Santana said.

Santana has organized the event for the past four years.

A women's quartet will also perform.

There will be congressional singing.

"Jeff Ruslow, the worship leader at the Nazarene church, does a powerful job on "Little Drummer Boy," Curl said.

"Spirit of Christmas" is a production of the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship and is a show for all ages.

The performers come together in a professional manner to give the community an awesome combination of acted, sung and musical performances.

"Christmas is a very special time of year that we really enjoy celebrating. We are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Savior of the world. "Spirit of Christmas" will hopefully help that celebration in the community," Santana said.

Admission is free.

Performances are at 2 and 6 p.m.

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