The best part of Christmas in the Tri-Cities is celebrating the holiday season by attending the high quality performing arts productions in our community. From the Mid-Columbia Ballet production of The Nutcracker to our local high school performances, we are surrounded with a deep sense of community and holiday spirit.
This year our local high schools presented stories like A Christmas Carol (Pasco High School), It’s a Wonderful Life (Chiawana High a School), and Richland and Pasco High School presented an instrumental and choral performance of holiday music. Pasco High School showcases Mariachi and Guitar.
When you visit a local elementary and/or middle school it is clear where our local high school talent comes from. There is rich performing arts tradition that starts young and grows to feed our high school programs and beyond.
Our adult performers are not left out of the festivities. The Columbia Basin Jazz Orchestra offered A Big Band Christmas at the CBC Theater. Rolling Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines International perfromed A Friend and Family Christmas Program where attendees were able to ring in the holiday season “Barbershop Style.”
The Living Nativity at Hillspring Church’s traditional telling of the Christmas story in Richland is worth experiencing. The local cast featured Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, Roman soldiers, majestic kings and humble shepherd families. Live animals, including camels, sheep, cows, horses and donkey, helped tell the story.
Michelle Whitney, Reader Representative