ARC hosts Showstoppers production "Celebrate the Holidates"

ARC hosts Showstoppers production "Celebrate the Holidates"
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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - It is that time of year to "Deck the Halls" and check out the holiday spirit at the ARC of Southeast Mississippi Very Merry Christmas Show.

"Our show choir event is a chance and an opportunity for our individuals to get up on stage  and have a great time, a big show, its singing and dancing and its putting their special talents out there for the community to see," ARC Administration Assistant Emily Hodges said.

The ARC showstoppers' Christmas show, "Celebrate the Holidates" is a fun way to raise money for the organization.

"It helps kind of get that arts and music stuff out there for our kids and our adults to participate in and it brings in that money that we can put right back out into you know all of our programming and things," Hodges said.

Around 30 kids as well as plenty of helpers behind the scenes make the event possible. The show itself is not just about fun, but also a learning experience for everyone involved.

"We give them that opportunity to leave everything on the stage, nothing leaves off with them and it gives them that opportunity and that chance to show what they are capable of doing, all of their abilities, despite their disabilities that they may have," Hodges said.

Letting the kid's practice, sing and dance, socialize and just hear the audience cheer lights up their faces.

"They want to be just like everybody else, that's their goal, their goal is to do things that typical and general population people do, and this is an opportunity for them to get up there and show you that they can sing and they can dance," Hodges said.

For anyone interested, the show will be put on at the ARC building on Bonhomie Road.

Saturday's show starts at 7 p.m. and a Sunday showing will be at 3 p.m. Tickets are sold at the door and are $10 each.

The event will also have a silent auction as well as offer some sweet treats for the guests.

"We encourage everyone to come out and take a look at their hard work, dedication and cheer them on, they are fabulous children with a lot to offer, and you are assured to have a smile and laugh and get in the Christmas spirit," Hodges said.