CAIRO — Staff report
CAIRO — The annual celebration of Christmas in Cairo is coming to the Zebulon Theater Friday and Saturday as the Syrup City Players present the 3rd Annual Cairo Christmas Follies. The holiday variety show was started three years ago as a way to not only welcome in the Christmas season, but to celebrate the unique talents of the people from right in Grady County. This year, the follies will feature more than 20 ]groups who will sing, dance, play musical instruments, present comedy skits, holiday plays and more.
“A few years ago, one of our members suggested that a great way to produce a holiday program without having to spend many weeks in rehearsals would be for us to host a Christmas variety show,” said Jeff Lovett, President of the Syrup City Players. “There are so many talented people in our community and we decided that this would be a great way to celebrate the season while highlighting the wide variety of performers from Cairo and Southwest Georgia.”
The Christmas Follies will be held on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Zebulon Theater. Each of these two shows is uniquely different and will feature different performers each night. There will also be a Children’s Matinee on Saturday, December 7th at 2:30pm that is co-sponsored by Grady County Young Life and the Roddenbery Memorial Library. The children’s program will be an abbreviated show with music, games, puppets, crafts and even a visit from Santa.
Advanced tickets for the full shows on Friday and Saturday night cost $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors, with all tickets sold at the door $12. Advanced tickets for the Children’s Matinee cost $6 for adults and $4 for children, with all tickets at the door on sale for $4. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Miss Myrt’s and Center Drugs.
“One of the main reasons we decided to have the Christmas Follies during the same weekend every year was so that we could have a four-day celebration of the season starting with the Christmas Parade on Thursday night and ending with the Cairo High Band Christmas Concert on Sunday afternoon,” said Lovett. “We also wanted to use the follies as a way to encourage people to shop with our local merchants during the holiday season. That’s why giveaways and promotion of the Downtown merchants has been such a big part of the Follies all three years.”
This year, every person who attend the Christmas Follies will receive a special promotional sheet from selected business in Downtown Cairo. Each of the merchants will be giving away a valuable prize or gift the week after the Follies and in order to win, ticket holders simply fill out the entry for each of the merchants on the sheet and drop them in the box at each store. More than twenty business will be participating with more $1,000 in prizes to be given away to those who attend the Cairo Christmas Follies.
Jim Ellis and Lynn Kimmel are the producers of this year’s Cairo Christmas Follies and have put together a spectacular line-up of performers for the two nights. There will be soloists and small music singing groups, dancers, two drama performances, musical acts and bands and even a live ‘radio play’ performance by the Syrup City Players that will include audience participation. Refreshments will also be available at the Zebulon Snack Bar with monies raised going to the digital conversion project of the theater.
For more information or to arrange group ticket sales, call Lovett at 221-1030.