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Entertainment Update for Dec. 1, 2012

‘A Christmas Carol’ opens Dec. 6

CAST Theatre and Columbia Center for the Arts presents “A Christmas Carol,” by Christopher Schario, adapted from the book by Charles Dickens: Dec. 6-15.

Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Focusing on Dickens’ powerful language, humor and warmth, this charming version of “A Christmas Carol” simply and directly tells the story of Scrooge who, through the help of spirits and visions, finds a second chance to become a loving, generous human being. Gary Young returns as Scrooge, leading a cast of 30 actors and musicians.

The play is a co-production with Columbia Gorge Community College and is directed by Richard Parker. This classic holiday tale features actors and singers from several communities around the Columbia River Gorge. “A Christmas Carol” is sure to become a family tradition.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors and $8 for children 11 and under. A special Family Four Pack (two adults, two children) is available for $40. CAST Theatre is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in Hood River.

Country Dance returns Dec. 8

On Saturday, Dec. 8, from 7-10 p.m., the Second Saturday Country Dance returns to Rockford Grange. The dance caller will be Sue Baker and the band will be the Mill Creek String Band. Dance lessons will begin at 7 p.m. All ages welcome. No partner required and dances are family-friendly. All dances are walked through the first time in order to learn them. Enjoy an evening of country squares, contras, circle dances and a few waltzes. Rockford Grange is located on Barrett Road in Hood River. $6 for members, $7 for non-members, $1 for youth and students. Please bring snack treats for break time. Call Keith Harding at 541-352-7550 or Tom Hons at 541-386-5771 for further information.

Tess Barr at Double Mountain

Start celebrating the holiday season with the Tess Barr Blues Band at Double Mountain Brewery on Saturday, Dec. 1. Music starts at 8:30 p.m. and there is no cover charge. Double Mountain Brewery, 8 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-0042.

United Way benefit Dec. 9 with Aaron Meyer

It’s a holiday benefit concert with violinist Aaron Meyer and his 6-piece band on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3:30 p.m. at the Gorge Room at Best Western Hood River Inn. Preferred seating tickets are $45 which includes a pre-concert party with Aaron at 2:15 p.m.

General admission is $20; kids (under 12) $15. Tickets on sale at Waucoma Bookstore and Best Western Hood River Inn; or email unitedway@gorge.net. All proceeds benefit United Way of the Columbia Gorge.

The concert is sponsored by Hood River Inn, Insitu, Pacific Power, Hood River Physical Therapy, Hood River Sister City program, Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, Hood River Distillers, Hood Technology and Don and Bonnie Benton.

Voci concert Dec. 2-3

The Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association presents the Voci Community Chamber Choir in concert on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Hood River Valley High School Bowe Theater.

Although December choral concerts often focus on seasonal music, Voci’s program will focus on music that is timeless and yet still resonates with themes of mystery and transcendence.

Including music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Pablo Casals, James Mulholland, Johaness Brahms, and others, the concert will include choral music with oboe and trombone accompaniment — less often heard partners with the voice. Rounding out the program will be a performance by Voci's new small vocal ensemble and special guests (and Voci members), singer/songwriter Jim MacMillan and pianist Tim Meyer. Donation of $10 per person or family is encouraged for this concert.

Trail Band performs Dec. 6 in Hood River

Hood River Education Foundation presents the Trail Band in concert, 7 p.m. on Dec. 6, at the Hood River Middle School. This event supports the Education Foundation’s Teacher Grant Program, which awards funds to teachers and other district employees for creative and interesting ways to help teach our students. Tickets are $17 adults, $6 kids under 14. Available at the Community Education office, Waucoma Books, and Cascade Locks School.

The Trail Band is an 8-piece ensemble that creates an energetic blend of brass and string arrangements of traditional and original music featuring five great vocalists including Quarterflash's Rindy Ross. Hundreds of public and private appearances across America and Japan, plus seven successful albums have established The Trail Band as the premiere historic music ensemble from the Northwest. Cornet, tenor horn, tuba, fiddles, hammer dulcimer, guitars, penny whistle, mandolin, piano, saxophone, spoons, bones, drums, bass, and recorders combine with their rich vocal harmonies to create a diverse tapestry of sound.

Entertainment listings can be e-mailed to jdrake@ hoodrivernews.com.

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