Traditional story telling with a musical twist

A choral storytelling of How the Grinch Stole Christmas takes to the stage Saturday at the Civic Centre as the multi-award winning choir Nove Voce offers its annual performance suitable for all ages.

The show is a delightful 30 minutes long and will be performed at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

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Choir members take turns performing on stage and supporting the audience as Whovillagers.

"The kids love it and the parents seem to really love it, too," Robin Norman, Nove Voce's choir director, said. "We've got kids who've been coming to the show for years now and that's really sweet. We started in 2010 so we've got some kids who have been coming for nine years so now some of them are 14 and others are young adults."

It's nice to be part of families' Christmas traditions, she added.

"It's created a tradition in town that was never our intention," Norman said. "It was supposed to be just a fun show and now here we are."

Richard Bjarnason once again reads the original story as Nove Voce sings Whoville favourites like You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch, Trim Up the Tree and Welcome Christmas.

"Richard will once again be our Grinch narrator," Norman said. "He reads the book and we insert various songs from the movie and the cartoon as well as some Christmas classics and that's how we created a little show. It's still just reading the book but we're reading the book with a lot of heart and a lot of spirit."

Tickets are only $5 each and available for cash only at the door. Shows always sell out so come to the Civic Centre early in the day for tickets to the preferred performance to avoid disappointment.

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