VACAVILLE — About 75 people will be on the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre stage during Saturday’s annual “Christmas in My Hometown” show.
The seventh annual Christmas kickoff is a variety show modeled after holiday specials from the past, such as when Andy Williams welcomed TV viewers to feel like they were in his home.
In addition to songs from soloists and groups, the Will C. Wood Tintinnabulist Handbell Choir, the Vacaville High School Jazz Ensemble and the Alamo (Elementary) School Chorus will perform.
Show organizer and founder, Ron George, will tackle some Spanish for his “Feliz Navidad” duet with Emily Cribb.
“I learned one verse,” George said. “Emily does the rest.”
Cribb was up to the challenge.
“It was out of my comfort zone. It’s fun,” she said.
She is headed off to college next fall. However, the teen, who has been part of the show since the second year, hopes to make it back for the 2013 edition.
George spent years performing in the Nevada club circuit before settling in Vacaville more than 30 years ago.
As the name suggests, the show puts an emphasis on Vacaville talent, from which there is plenty to pick, George said. Almost too much, as George likes to include as many performers as possible. Many of the artists return annually, leaving only a few spots for additional performers.
This year, singer Eddie K’anoi will be missing. He’s spending a few days in Texas with family. However, he will return just in time to sing “Christmas in Vacaville” at Merriment on Main Tuesday evening.
“It’s like a mainstay,” K’anoi said of “Christmas in My Hometown.”
“It’s such tradition. It’s tugging at my heart (to miss it.)”
K’anoi did the “Twelve Days of Christmas” with a Hawaiian theme.
But performers such as George’s 13-year-old grandson Aaron George are ready to step up and fill the gap. This will be the third year the teen has served as emcee. His brother, 17-year-old Zach George, plays trumpet in the jazz band.
Granddaughter Megan Hicks, 14, will sing. In her first year in the show, she sang “Happy Birthday Jesus.”
“I fell in love with being on stage,” she said. “This is a family tradition. It kicks off the holiday season.”
Planning starts in the summer. Songs are chosen and rehearsals begin.
“The neat part is being the catalyst and putting this all together,” George said.
The show is a fundraiser to continue music in Vacaville schools.
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