BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando High School Performing Arts Center will come alive Saturday evening with bright and glittery holiday costumes, dancing reindeer and a swinging Santa as the New Dawn Singers bring their Christmas show to town.
"This is our happy holidays show," said Rosemarie Raymond, president of the Hernando Performing Arts Guild.
Raymond said this will be the first time the New Dawn Singers have performed in Brooksville. They will present a Christmas show that takes the audience around the world to observe holiday traditions, and they will visit Toyland to watch a little girl's fantasy come true.
The New Dawn Singers is a group of college-age performers who commit to travel throughout the United States for a year, putting on Broadway-style shows that include song and dance and feature a variety of music.
Raymond said she has heard good reviews from others who have seen the group.
"We were at the art festival at Weeki Wachee a few weeks ago, and several folks just raved about them," she said.
Raymond hopes the enthusiasm translates to ticket sales. The guild's opening show in November with Hot Latin Rhythms suffered from logistical problems.
"It was a wonderful show," Raymond said, "just poor timing."
The show was scheduled the same night as the football game between Hernando and Nature Coast Technical high schools. Parking was inadequate for two large events, so the guild decided not to advertise individual ticket sales, restricting the show to season ticket holders. Patrons then had to be shuttled from a remote parking lot.
"We just took a beating financially," Raymond said.
This is the guild's 17th year bringing concerts and shows performed by nationally known groups and entertainers to the Hernando High Performing Arts Center.
In the past four years, the organization has been able to give $25,000 in scholarships, has donated $1,500 to the Hernando High School ROTC, and last year sponsored the "Hernando High's Got Talent" program.
"Our main purpose is to give scholarships to Hernando High School graduates who go on to college and major or minor in some form of the performing arts," Raymond said.
This season's schedule includes the Vogues on Jan. 16, a Tribute to Neil Diamond starring Jay White on Feb. 19 and Mark & Clark on March 20.
"You don't have to go to Tampa to see high-caliber shows," Raymond said. "You can see them right here in Brooksville for a lot less money."