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15th MontBleu Holiday Extravaganza Tuesday, Wednesday

A finale with more than 270 singers from nine choirs will highlight the 15th annual MontBleu Holiday Extravaganza at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 15-16.

The Blue Ribbon Classical Choir and the new South Tahoe Middle School Advanced Choir known as The Belles of Christmas will also be featured, along with Marcia Sarosik’s Shining Stars dance troupe.

Tickets are available at the MontBleu Theatre box office. Adults pay $8, students and seniors $5 and children under 5 are free.

Songs to be performed include “Run, Run Reindeer” and “Seven Feet of Snow” by the elementary school students, “It’s Almost Time for Christmas” and “Christmas Gloria” by middle-schoolers, “Born Today is the Holy Child” and “A Soft Wind Blew” by the Blue Ribbon Choir. The finale will be “Yule Be Rockin’ ” and “Lights of Hannukah.”

The Blue Ribbon Classical Choir was founded by Paul Kushner in 1997. It has sung the national anthem two years in a row before San Francisco Giants games.

Formed in 2000, the South Tahoe Middle School Honor Choir consists of auditioned middle-school-aged singers from South Tahoe Middle School, Kingsbury Middle School, Saint Theresa Middle School and home-schoolers.

The Belles of Christmas began in November. It consists of most of the top middle-school singers in South Lake Tahoe. They have a robust Christmas schedule with at least eight concerts this holiday season.

Led by Kushner, the Tahoe Elementary Honor Choir was founded in the fall of 1995 and continues to shine every year as the holiday season nears. The TEHC consists of auditioned singers from third, fourth and fifth grades drawn from all elementary schools in the South Tahoe area.

A dream of Kushner’s came together back in 1991, starting with “The 12 Kids of Christmas.” This group eventually grew to more than 240 choir members. The students are taught proper singing techniques, choreography and stage presence.

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