A busy, toe-tapping December at the Al. Ringling Theatre begins Saturday, featuring an eclectic blend of music, dance and film.
The BRAVO Center’s 12th annual Holiday Spectacular dance show hits the stage at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, ushering in a jam-packed and festive month befitting the holiday season.
“This show is an exciting and heartwarming way to start the season,” said BRAVO Center owner Amy Teelin. “You can’t beat the magic of the Al. Ringling Theatre at Christmastime.”
The day after the curtain falls on the local dancers, The Barefoot Movement bluegrass band brings its holiday show to the Al. Ringling. The Nashville-based group promises heartfelt, energetic and down-home music. “Between William Michael Morgan and The Barefoot Movement’s holiday show, there’s a whole lot of powerful young talent to enjoy to start the season off,” said Al. Ringling Theatre Friends Executive Director Stephanie Miller-Lamb.
Morgan’s country concert will be paired with a VIP beer tasting presented by Madison-based Ale Asylum brewery. Before the Friday night show, those buying $30 tickets can enjoy craft beers and appetizers served by local caterers.
“He’s a star that’s quickly rising on the country charts and, from what we hear, a real gentleman to work with,” Miller-Lamb said.
Morgan’s show will be followed by a pair of free concerts. The Madison Brass Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. “They are a holiday favorite,” Miller-Lamb said. “I always leave that concert humming under my breath on the way home.”
On Dec. 10, the Baraboo High School band will perform a holiday concert at 1:30 p.m., followed by the school’s choir at 3:30 p.m.
“There’s palpable joy on that stage over the next couple of weeks, showcasing community youth,” Miller-Lamb said.
The stage then takes a breather as the ART Friends’ holiday movie series takes the spotlight for three days. For $7, spectators can catch cinematic classics on the big screen, starting Dec. 20 with “Holiday Inn.” That will be followed Dec. 21 by “White Christmas” and Dec. 22 by “It’s A Wonderful Life.”
Baraboo pianist Nick Kelly and one of his students will be on hand to perform holiday favorites before "It's a Wonderful Life" begins. “It will be a real treat right before Christmas,” Miller-Lamb said.
"I think it's exciting what we have going on in December," ART Friends President Aural Umhoefer said. "It's a great mix."