Michigan Students Ascend 5-Story Singing Christmas Tree

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Michigan students ascend 5-story Singing Christmas Tree.

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — It’s not that an oversized tree adorned with ornaments is uncommon as a student choir sings carols in the days leading up to Christmas. Let the spectacular sights and sounds of Christmas fill your heart as you join the Singing Christmas Tree’s 300-voice choir for performances, continuing through Dec. 7. It features traditional Christmas songs and dancing Santas, as well as an inspiring Nativity story with shepherds and kings in its 53rd season at New Hope Community Church, 11731 S.E. About 50 other students sing from positions near the base of the tree. “It’s basically … a bunch of choir students standing in a tree singing Christmas music,” said Brynne Wilcox, a Mona Shores High School senior who is taking part in her fourth and final set of shows, which run through Saturday at the Frauenthal Center in Muskegon. Tree staff are busily researching options, including moving back to the Keller Auditorium, where the tree had been for 35 years until the 2014 move to the 2,000-seat New Hope auditorium. “For us, the difference between the Keller and the New Hope auditorium is the cost-saving and the intimacy,” says Greg Tamblyn, executive producer. “The Keller was a perfect home for the tree in seating 3,000 people and being publicly owned.

After its original venue, the Benson High School auditorium, which seated 1,400, flooded in 1964, the tree moved briefly to the 1,000- person First Assembly of God Church, and then to the 3,500-seat Oriental Theatre from 1965-67, after which the Oriental was razed. Wilcox is positioned just below the angel. “It’s definitely a little scarier when you’re 14 rows up than when you’re standing on the ground,” she said. All of the 275 student singers made it safely through a free dress rehearsal Wednesday night for members of the community with special needs, the elderly, and others who might not otherwise be able to come to the show.

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