Philly Fleadh Productions is bringing “Celtic Christmas in Bensalem” to the Bensalem High School Performing Arts Center stage, 4319 Hulmeville Road, on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. This is a music and dance experience that is sure to put everyone attending into the holiday spirit.
The show consists of more than 100 performers, comprised of professional musicians, dancers performing multiple genres of dance, and a representation of the talented visual and performing arts students in Bensalem Township School District.
There will be a snack bar and Celtic merchants set up to offer a bite to eat and some opportunities to do some Christmas shopping. Santa Claus will be hanging out during intermission and will be available for pictures with the young and young at heart.
The Celtic Christmas Band is an 11-piece band including an all-star lineup of musicians from the Philadelphia Irish and rock scenes. This includes three Bensalem graduates who are currently all teachers in the district who were trained by Bensalem’s music program, as well as special guest appearances by other Bensalem staff members, students and alumni.
The Celtic Flame School of Irish Dance has studio locations in Bensalem and the surrounding areas, and will have more than 50 dancers performing hard shoe and soft shoe Irish dance routines. The Bucks County Dance Center, one of the oldest and largest dance schools in Bensalem, will bring tap, lyrical, jazz and hip hop to the stage. In addition, the show will highlight a group of advanced dancers from the dance classes that are now offered at Bensalem High School.
The Bensalem MCJROTC and the Femineus Vocalis choral group will be featured in the presentation of the colors. The Visual Arts department will have displays of winter and holiday art work created by Bensalem students as guests enter the building.
There will be a book signing of The Forgotten Christmas Presents, written and illustrated by Bensalem alumni. A compilation of Christmas videos produced by students in Bensalem High School’s Media Communications classes (Owls Television Network) will be shown. All video production will be shot by students in OTN.
Producer CJ Mills, a Bensalem alumnus and current teacher at BHS, was formerly a co-producer of “An American Celtic Christmas,” which was held at the same location for six years. Over that time, the show donated more than $6,000 to the Bensalem Education Foundation, and more than $3,000 to the Ryan Wilson OTN Scholarship. A portion of all proceeds will again be donated to these charities.
For more details and ticket sales, visit CelticChristmasinBensalem.com