Society

Christmas at the Kay

Reporter photos by Bill Cooke

“C hristmas at the Kay,” envisioned as an annual event, was held Sunday afternoon and cheered by a turnout of some 100 persons who heard three church choirs perform and music from the Communities in Concert Band.

The event was one of a variety of productions that the 1947- era Kay Theater, now under restoration and renovation, will be able to showcase as a performing arts venue, Kay Theater Foundation officials said.



Les Davenport, Kay Theater Foundation president, welcomed the crowd, traced the progress of the Kay restoration efforts, and encouraged volunteerism in the effort. Les Davenport, Kay Theater Foundation president, welcomed the crowd, traced the progress of the Kay restoration efforts, and encouraged volunteerism in the effort.

(L-R) Communities in Concert Band director Lee Thomason, Geritt Davenport, Eugene Holub and Bob Burnett, band president. (L-R) Communities in Concert Band director Lee Thomason, Geritt Davenport, Eugene Holub and Bob Burnett, band president.

Band members (front L-R) Leah Thomason, Denise Starnes and Barkley Alford, all of Rockdale, and Daniel Bodziorh of Elgin. In back, Bob Burnett of Rockdale and Randy Hall of Caldwell. Band members (front L-R) Leah Thomason, Denise Starnes and Barkley Alford, all of Rockdale, and Daniel Bodziorh of Elgin. In back, Bob Burnett of Rockdale and Randy Hall of Caldwell.

The First Presbyterian Church choir, directed by Mary Jane Boyd, presented Christmas selections. The First Presbyterian Church choir, directed by Mary Jane Boyd, presented Christmas selections.

Members of the St. John’s United Church chancel choir, under the direction of Melanie Todd, selections from their Cantata, “Bethlehem’s Child.” Members of the St. John’s United Church chancel choir, under the direction of Melanie Todd, selections from their Cantata, “Bethlehem’s Child.”

Toby Johnson served as master of ceremonies, lauded the caliber of musical talent in Rockdale, praised the Kay Theater Foundation’s volunteers, and predicted the Kay will host a big variety of events in the future. Toby Johnson served as master of ceremonies, lauded the caliber of musical talent in Rockdale, praised the Kay Theater Foundation’s volunteers, and predicted the Kay will host a big variety of events in the future.

Appreciative audience applauded three church choirs, Communities in Concert Band Sunday. Appreciative audience applauded three church choirs, Communities in Concert Band Sunday.

Versatile saxophonist Bill Perry of Caldwell, a charter member of the Communities in Concert Band, and fellow saxophonist Leah Martaindale of Rockdale, wore Christmas caps during the band’s performance. Versatile saxophonist Bill Perry of Caldwell, a charter member of the Communities in Concert Band, and fellow saxophonist Leah Martaindale of Rockdale, wore Christmas caps during the band’s performance.

Members of the Meadowbrook Baptist Church choir, under the director of Rev. Russ Willis, pastor (dark suit), presented selections from its Cantata, “Christmas Changes Everything.” Members of the Meadowbrook Baptist Church choir, under the director of Rev. Russ Willis, pastor (dark suit), presented selections from its Cantata, “Christmas Changes Everything.”

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