Entertainment briefs, Nov. 23

Experience Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ Heidelberg style

Heidelberg University’s School of Music & Theatre is to re-imagine Charles Dickens’ yuletide classic for its annual holiday concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 3 at The Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St.

“A Heidelberg Christmas Carol” is a two-part celebration of holiday stories new and old, featuring the sights, sounds and songs of the season by School of Music & Theatre ensembles.

Featured ensembles include the concert choir, the Chamber Singers, the University Community Chorus, the marching band, the symphonic band, the Singing Collegians and a children’s choir from the Heidelberg Community Music School.

The first half of the production is a retelling of “A Christmas Carol,” with musical interludes featuring Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other Dickens characters. For the second half, Heidelberg will return to the inspirational Christmas classic, Handel’s “Messiah,” for the 127th year.

Various “Messiah” arias and choruses are to be performed, including “Hallelujah Chorus.” The ensembles are to be joined by professional soloists Benjamin Bunsold of Columbus, Alta Dantzler of Rochester Hills, Michigan, and Kate Pomrenke of Bowling Green.

Community members and Heidelberg alumni are invited to sing with the chorus for the “Messiah” portion of the performance. If interested, call Pat Page in the School of Music & Theatre at (419) 448-2073 by Nov. 27.

General admission costs $15, $10 for those age 60 and older and $5 for youths.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.ritztheatre.org or call (419) 448-8544.

Terra State to celebrate ‘Messiah’

FREMONT — Terra State Choral Society is to present “Celebrating the Messiah” under the direction of Richard Napierala at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Clyde Performing Arts Center, 1015 Race St.

The cost is $10. The event is to feature performances by the Terra State Orchestra and Terra State Percussion Ensemble.

Disney star Jordan Fisher wins ‘Dancing with the Stars’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney Channel star Jordan Fisher has been crowned the winner of “Dancing with the Stars” alongside partner Lindsay Arnold.

Fisher beat out violinist Lindsey Stirling and actor Frankie Muniz for the Mirrorball Trophy on the season 25 finale of the ABC reality competition Tuesday.

Fisher paid tribute to Arnold on Twitter after the announcement, writing: “There aren’t words to describe the feeling of going through BATTLE with my SISTER. Putting in all the time and effort and energy for 12 weeks, then to be rewarded for it after having the most incredible time?! Unbelievable.”

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