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For the week of January 3 through January 9, 2001

"The Promise" captivates holiday audiences

Contemporary Christmas musical staged for 15th time

Led by the indomitable spirit and musical talent of director/singer Patty Parsons, a community group staged "The Promise" contemporary Christmas musical for the 15th time in Ketchum Dec. 21-23.

Holiday audiences at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood were captivated for three evenings by the 60-minute production entitled "The Wonder of Christmas," featuring singers, dancers and guests.

The highlights included:

A thrilling musical duet "More than Wonderful" sung by Patty Parsons and Paul Stoops; a traditional Irish carol called "The Wexford Carol," starring soloist Evelyn Lee;

The Amy Grant rendition of "Breath of Heaven" sung, in another beautiful duet, by Patty Parsons and her lovely daughter Kodi Parsons; along with solos featuring the wonderful voices of Cheryl Morrell and Austin Amaya.

Among the songs of the season in the program were "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," "Go Tell it on the Mountain," "We Three Kings," and "O’ Come All Ye Faithful."

Doing a great job setting the scene were Footlight Dance Centre performers. They danced an overture and "I Wonder As I Wonder," plus a carol medley and the finale.

The dancers were McKenna Peterson, Casey Colesworthy, Addy Mason, Kaley Pruitt, Alyse Stark, Lainey Smith, Mandy Alexander, Gretchen Heath, Coco Knudson, Kelsey Lidstrom and Adiana Maniere.

Choreographers were Hilarie Neely and Mitra Boloix.

In the children’s choir were Sloan Brandon, Riley Brandon, Kelly Chapman, Ryan Chapman, Sofia Drougas, Alex Haupt, Hannah Haupt, Nikki Kennedy, Megan Morrell, Reid Selisch, Caitlin Sholtis, Colton Sholtis, Kelly Nelson and Amanda Stelling.

Children’s director and rehearsal pianist was Dorinda Rendahl.

In the main choir were sopranos Jean Mickelson, Gloria and Anna Wieand, Evelyn Lee, Sherry Thorson, Ellen Campion, Estelle Rudolph, Andrea Rule, Kodi Parsons, Susie Lloyd, Deb Santa, Sue Noel, Kathy Fortuin, Natalia Ferris and Amanda Greer;

Also, altos Bunny Manus, Debbie Bouiss, Cheryl Morrell, Patti Ahrens, Jima Rice, Christy McPherson, Collett and Gariety Pruitt, Melody Mattson, Julia Augustus, Dee Street, Karen Chase, Dee Hadley, Cheryl Stoops, Janet Parry and Amy Harrison;

Also, tenors Paul Stoops, Austin Amaya, Steve Pruitt, Layne Stoops and Nancy Auseklis;

And, bass voices George Wieand, Pat Carter, Max Thompson, Carl Manus, Christopher Black, Lee Stoops, Phil Bouiss and Mike Ostrom.


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