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Christopher’s coming to SMC

Megan Loney | Friday, December 5, 2008

The Christmas Spirit is coming to Saint Mary’s Moreau Center for the Arts this weekend when the Werbrouck School of Dance will present Christopher’s Christmas in O’Laughlin Auditorium Saturday and Sunday.

Christopher’s Christmas is the tale of a young mouse that attempts to bring the joy of the holiday season to his scrooge of a great uncle.

Chris Sallak, who is in charge of the marketing and media for events happening in the Moreau Center, said it is important for Saint Mary’s to be involved with community organizations.

“I think it is very important that we host community events at Saint Mary’s,” Sallak said. “Hosting these events provides the community an opportunity to see why Saint Mary’s College is a special place and hopefully encourage them to come back for another event or even to attend Saint Mary’s as a student.”

This is not the first time the Werbrouck School of Dance has worked in collaboration with Saint Mary’s to put on performances. The company has been having shows at Saint Mary’s for at least 15 years.

“I think that the long term partnership demonstrates the dedication and professionalism of our staff, the love of the arts by the College and the desire to assist the community,” Sallak said.  

Approximately 500 people are expected to attend each performance of Christopher’s Christmas this weekend.

“Some Saint Mary’s students do attend the event, however the majority of the patrons are from the surrounding community,” Sallak said. “Some patrons make this a yearly Christmas tradition while others are coming to see their child or grandchild perform.”

Show times will be Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and a matinee performance on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.