Christmas Opry

Kierstin Martin, center, dances to Rockabilly Christmas with the Opry dancers during dress rehearsal for the Christmas Opry at the Little Theatre on the Bay.

The Christmas Opry is coming to town with more holiday tunes than even Santa could pack.

This year's show, which features such songs like “Go Tell It on the Mountain” and “Christmas Time's A Comin'” runs Dec. 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.

“It really is magical,” said Shirley Kintner, director of the show. “It's amazing it comes together. It's a real family show and anyone can be involved in it.”

That includes a toddler as young as 3 years old up to an 80-year old who was once a drummer for Ray Price in the 1960s.

“Everybody has a history,” Kintner said, a message that was clear when considering the different people set to hit the stage this year.

“It’s been a great part of this community for many years,” said North Bend High School band teacher Amber Yester, who is singing “Santa’s got the Christmas Blues” this year. “It’s’ neat to see people around town and hear them sing. And it's neat to be able to share the stage with a lot of students. It's a chance to see me in a different venue and to see students and friends outside of their normal school day.”

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Kallie Mill, who choreographs the junior dancers, ages 8 to 12, said she loves the production because of the strong sense of community it provides.

“We’re all family here cause we’ve all grown up in this theater,” Mill said.

"It's a chance for the community to see the talent we have here. You really don’t realize what type of talent we have in this community until you come into the Opry.”

As Kintner put it, “Everyone has strengths to offer this show. It's all bits and pieces and our run-through is life.”

​Reporter Carly Mayberry can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 234, or by email at carly.mayberry@theworldlink.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarlyMayberry.

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