Christmas carols and Christmas movies will combine to create a magical weekend of events at the historic Coleman Theatre.
The festivities begin Friday, Dec. 19, with a special concert featuring Frank Voltz on the harp, piano and “Mighty Wurlitzer” pipe organ. Two holiday classic movies, “It’s A Wonderful Life” and “White Christmas,” will be shown on Saturday, Dec. 20, while Sunday, Dec. 21, will feature the movie “The Polar Express.”
“What a great slate of entertainment we have lined up for the weekend before Christmas,” said Shannon Duhon, interim director of the Coleman Theatre. “From a night of holiday music and carols to movies that remind us the joy and hope of Christmas, it is a weekend designed around family fun with the beautiful Coleman Theatre serving as the backdrop.”
Voltz, who kicks off the “Christmas at the Coleman” festivities, is being sponsored by the Miami Arts & Humanities Council, the Miami Tribe and the Coleman Theatre.
Show time is 7 p.m. and tickets are $15 for premium seats (first six row of the center section), $10 for adult tickets, $8 for senior and student (age 13 and up) tickets and children 12 and under will be admitted free.
“Frank will bring the celebration of Christmas to the forefront, engaging his audience with his supreme talent on the piano, harp and organ,” said Tammy Willcox with the Miami Arts & Humanities Council. “His concert will include audience participation as well as a special performance of one of his Christmas arrangements for harp by the Neosho River Harp Ensemble.”
A reception will follow the Voltz concert with Christmas treats and beverages provided by the Miami Arts & Humanities Council.
“It’s A Wonderful Life” gets things started on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 2:30 p.m. In this holiday classic, an angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he never existed.
James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore star in this Frank Capra classic that was originally released in December 1946.
“There are many great holiday movies, but ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ may be the best of all of them,” Duhon said. “George Bailey learns, with the help of a guardian angel named Clarence, how one person touches so many lives. It’s a lesson we all need to be reminded of from time to time.”
“White Christmas” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20. This 1954 holiday movie by Irving Berlin centers around a successful song-and-dance team, played by Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, that becomes romantically involved with a sister act, played by Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, and teams up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.
The weekend concludes with the 2004 movie “The Polar Express” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. The movie, which features the voice of Tom Hanks, tells the story of a doubting boy who boards a magical train on Christmas Eve that is headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus’ home.
Tickets for the movies are general admission and will cost $7. For “The Polar Express,” children 10 and under accompanied by an adult will be admitted free.
To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Coleman Theatre at 918-540-2425 or stop by the box office window at 103 North Main in Miami. Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express are accepted.