A talented group of youngsters performed on Dec. 8 during a festive event at the Museum at Campbell River.
Students from RainCoast School of Musical Theatre, who ranged in age from five to 17 years old, sang among the museum’s brightly decorated Christmas trees.
Some of the students were brand-new to performing in public, said Heather Gordon Murphy, co-owner of the school.
“For some of the students this is their very first time,” Gordon Murphy said. “It’s a very welcoming, very warm environment.”
The students will be working on a production of Madagascar in the new year, she said. The popular kid’s movie is about a group of animals who escape from the zoo, and the RainCoast version of that show is slated for May at the Rivercity Stage, she said.
Saturday’s performance was part of the annual Chestnuts and Carols event at the Museum at Campbell River. The event also featured roasted chestnuts and other treats prepared by the Campbell River Italian Cultural Society, which also provided accordion music.
Kids had a chance to get their photo taken with Santa later on, and the Malarkey Mummers theatre troupe also staged a short comedy. Their Monty Python-influenced show has its roots in ancient English skits and plays performed annually around the winter solstice, according to an online write-up for the event.
Correction: A previous version of this article referred to the co-owner of the RainCoast School of Musical Theatre as Heather Gordon Miller; her name is Heather Gordon Murphy. The other co-owner is Kristy Miller.