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  • Main Street shows brings in the the holidays

  • The Main Street Music Hall family of performers presents a special Christmas show to raise holiday spirits and set the mood for the holiday season through Dec. 22.
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  • The Main Street Music Hall family of performers presents a special Christmas show to raise holiday spirits and set the mood for the holiday season through Dec. 22.
    "The cast at the Main Street Music Hall has a very personal relationship with the audience, especially in the Christmas show," cast member Wendy Warner said.  "We strive to have something for everyone.  While some of the slapstick comedy in the show appeals to the younger audience members, there are also hilarious jokes for the grown-ups." 
    Under the musical direction of keyboardist Dan Schissler, the show is designed to be visually appealing — with beautifully decorated sets, glamorous costumes and special effects — in addition to offering the season's best music.  The Main Street Music Hall audience will enjoy every style of holiday music, from the latest in contemporary songs to favorite Christmas hymns and carols.
    "We always keep the 'reason for the season,' at the heart of the show," Warner said.  "Our audience literally experiences the comfort and joy of the holidays in our theater."
    The ensemble cast includes Melani Biggers, a redheaded vocal powerhouse and the newest member of the Main Street family; Travis Spratt, who has been lending his rich voice and engaging personality to the show for four seasons; and Warner, who has entertained and delighted Main Street Music Hall audiences for years with her clear singing voice and impeccable comedic timing.  They join veteran performers Thom, better known as "Gabby," and Sandy Gumm, who have brought first-class, family-friendly comedy and music to hundreds of thousands of visitors for the last 43 years at the Lake of the Ozarks.
     And, no show would be complete without the talented Main Street band, which keeps the music coming night after night on the Music Hall stage. The band is comprised of guitar virtuoso Mark McPheeters, upbeat bass guitarist Larry Cox and the human timepiece, drummer Eric Petska.
     The youngest members of the audience receive the star treatment as they are invited onstage to join the cast and Santa Claus to sing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Jingle Bells."
    This year's Christmas on Main Street show will also feature a special guest. Matt Gumm, son of Thom and Sandy Gumm, comes home to the Lake of the Ozarks to join his parents onstage for two guest appearances on Dec. 6 and 13. Matt grew up on the stage of the Main Street Music Hall and is a favorite of those who have seen him perform.  He is now a featured performer at the Clay Cooper Theatre in Branson, where he is described as a "funnier than funny" comedian.
    "The Christmas on Main Street show is well worth the trip to the Lake of the Ozarks," said Judy Blair, one of the show's owners. "Aside from our show, there also are many other reasons to visit the Lake during the holiday season, from fantastic shopping to the area's dazzling light displays. The Lake is a great place for families to make wonderful memories." 
    Page 2 of 2 -   Holiday performances at the Main Street Music Hall in Osage Beach will be offered through Thanksgiving weekend on Friday and Saturday nights only, starting at 7 p.m.
      Beginning on Dec. 3, shows will be offered Tuesday through Saturday nights at 7 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.  The final performance for the holiday season is Dec. 22.  Tickets prices are $11 for children ages 5-12, $20 for adults and $18 for seniors.  Children 4 and under are free.
    For more information about the show's schedule or to make reservations for any of the performances, call 573-348-9500 or toll-free at 1-800-348-9501.  Reservations can also be made online at www.LakeMusicHall.com.

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