Sioux Falls, SD
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and soon the sounds of the season will follow. The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra is putting together a big production to make sure you feel the holiday cheer. We stopped by rehearsals to give you a glimpse of what to expect.
Right now, it's just two people dancing to Christmas music. However, this weekend it will be a full-blown, musical production.
The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra is putting on the first-ever "Tis the Season" Christmas concert
. This large show will feature Broadway performers, 18 dancing Santas, 100 chorus singers and the 70-person orchestra.
"We knew that we wanted to have singing and dancing, and we knew that we wanted to be able to incorporate a lot of sort of the local talent," Director and Choreographer Darren Lee said.
Lee has been in entertainment since he was 11 years old and appeared on Star Search. He spent 18 years in New York City, doing 11 Broadway shows. Through some connections he made working on a similar Christmas show in Omaha, Lee came to Sioux Falls with some of his Broadway friends.
"I have never been to South Dakota, so my first visit was to come visit the Pavilion, which was an amazing space and I heard it has some great acoustics. I can't wait to get the orchestra in that space," Lee said.
"Everyone is super nice and the food is great and super cheap, which we love," dancer Jon Paul Roby said.
Broadway performer Jon Paul Roby, says this show will be the perfect way to kick-start your holidays.
"It's all the holiday favorites. If you come to the show, you'll hear all those holiday Christmas songs that you'll want to hear," Roby said.
"A new and exciting show here in South Dakota that for Christmas that people haven't seen and that hopefully the show becomes part of a Christmas tradition for years to come," Lee said. "Tis the Season: Christmas with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra"
will be this Saturday and Sunday at the Washington Pavilion. Tickets start at $27.
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