Ambassadors to perform holiday show at Festival of Trees, other local choirs plan to perform as well

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By: Min Qiao <mqiao@hilite.org>

For the second year in a row, the Ambassadors will be performing at the annual Festival of Trees at the Paramount Theatre in Anderson, IN. According to director Lamonte Kuskye, the Festival of Trees will be held on Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. and the Ambassadors will perform a 15 to 20-minute show.

“There will be a very beautiful ballroom (at the Paramount Theatre) and from the inside it looks like you are in a Spanish villa.” Kuskye said. “In the ballroom, there are Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and artists. People will go to the festival and basically bid on those trees. Then in the theatre they will have entertainment.”

Emily Campbell, Ambassadors’ vice-president and senior, said that although specific numbers for this festival are not clear yet, they know that they will be performing mostly holiday songs.

“In general, we will be performing a few ‘Evening with the Ambassadors’ pieces,” Campbell said. “We’ve got some of our second-act Holiday Spectacular music and just repertoires that we have been working on all year.”

Kuskye said that something that will be different from last year’s festival is that instead of just the Ambassadors’ performing, there will also be other show choirs entertaining at the festival from around Indiana.

“When we (sang at the festival) last year, it went over really well, so they have expanded it to be ‘Hamilton County night,’” Kuskye said. “ (There will be) choirs from Noblesville, Westfield, Hamilton Heights and us.”

“This should be a good experience for us,” Campbell said. “ It’s always good to be able to study other groups, to be able to see what other groups are doing and learn from them.”

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