‘North Pole Star’ coming to Greenville

In a finale song, the eight reindeer and Star Singers perform “We Are All Winners Here,” one of many musical selections in the Greenville Area Community Center’s presentation of “North Pole Star.” — Daily News/Lori Hansen

GREENVILLE — A Christmas version of the popular television show “American Idol” comes to Greenville by way of “North Pole Star,” the annual Christmas production presented by the Greenville Area Community Center.

Performances are at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets are available at the door for $9 for the one-hour program.

“We read over many scripts that would be age-appropriate and liked this one,” said director Hollie Stephenson. “It plays off the ‘American Idol’ theme, so the kids could relate to it.”

The talent search takes place among Santa Claus’s eight reindeer, who audition before a panel of judges, trying to chose the most talented reindeer of them all.

“The show gives eight performers opportunity to sing a solo and there are also roles for background singers,” said production coordinator Ruth Hansen. “There is also a nice moral to it, that every person is talented in their own way.”

The production opens with the charming singers performing “North Pole Star,” and announcer Tabitha Wilson introducing the panel of judges — jolly Santa, played by Alexis Rush, optimistic Mrs. Claus, portrayed by Delaney Stephens, and Hollywood talent scout Cruelle, portrayed in Simon Cowell bluntness by the beautiful Brooke Helms.

Nicky Snowcrest, played by Alexys Hallock, keeps the show rolling as she emcees the production, introducing each reindeer contestant.

The eight acts not only feature up-and-coming talented singers, but each one presents a different style of music, ranging from rap to jazz to bebop 1950s style. The script also plays on the personalities of each reindeer, from the sultry Vixen, played strongly by Mya Feys, the romantic Cupid, portrayed smoothly by Emma Skogseth, and speedy Dasher, played by Lizzy Emerson who reaches for those high notes in her song.

The simple set and costumes take a back seat in order to feature the young actors and actresses. A fun audience interaction concept, each show will have those attending vote on which reindeer should win the title of North Pole Star, so each performance will have a little different ending.

An entertaining show featuring some of the area’s future stars, “North Pole Star” is a fun holiday treat for the whole family.

 

If you go …

What: ‘North Pole Star’

Where: Greenville Area Community Center

When: 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday

Tickets: $9 at the door

Cast: Announcer, Tabitha Wheaton; Cruelle, Brooke Helms; Snowcrest, Alexys Hallock; Santa, Alexis Rush;Mrs. Claus, Delaney Stephens;Dasher, Lizzy Emerson; Dancer, Hunter DeWitt; Vixen, Mya Feys; Comet, Hallie Sage; Prancer, Lauren Sandtveit; Cupid, Emma Skogseth; Donner, Jeremy Stowitts; and Blitzen, Olivia Tower.

Star Singers: Alli Fisher, Vicki Kikos, Hailey King, Hannah MacDonald, Lydia Proch, Madison Ramos, Rebekka Raymor, Mollie Rodenhouse, Makenzie Stanford, Sarah Stephenson, Nicholas Stowitts and Isabella Tower.

Crew: Hollie Stephenson, director; Jayne Johnson, producer; Chris Stoutjesdyk, tech director; Courtney DeSpelder, make-up; Chris Paris, art design; Ruth Hansen, coordinator; Chris Stoutjesdyk, stage manager; Chris Stoutjesdyk, light design; Emily Smith, light board operator; Thomas Stephenson, spotlight; Chris Stoutjesdyk, sound design; Chris Stoutjesdyk, sound board operator; Scott Scripter, set crew; Meagan Draper and Scott Scripter, floor crew.

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