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Live Oak Christmas Festivities

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Live Oak Theatre and Conservatory will host its Annual Christmas Festival on December 11th, from noon to 5:30 pm, following the Brooksville Downtown Parade. The festival will be celebrated at the Carol & Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville. Admission and musical entertainment are free; However, a variety of food and family-friendly activities will be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit the Live Oak Theatre Company and Conservatory, a 501C3 not-for-profit organization.

The festival will feature entertainment from the Live Oak Theatre Company and the Live Oak Conservatory on their outdoor stage. There will be wristbands for sale, which include a bounce house, games, and photos with Santa. Food and other items are available for purchase. A wide variety of vendors and exhibits are planned. “An obstacle course will be featured. There will be kids games, entertainment from the conservatory students. We will have Herbert’s Sherbet, Silver and Smoke BBQ. We are still looking for a Kettle Corn vendor and a pizza truck,” said Live Oak spokesman and LOT Vice President Vince Vanni. Opportunities are available for craft and gift vendors. Vendor space is only $30. Vendors must supply their own tent, table, and seating.

In other Live Oak news, the theatre continues its decade-long tradition of providing entertainment for Christmas on Main Street’s Tree lighting ceremony. Representatives of Live Oak Theatre and the Live Oak Conservatory will be on hand to entertain audiences at this glowing seasonal event, a Brooksville tradition.

“Our Christmas on Main Street performance has become a beloved annual tradition that we look forward to bringing to downtown Brooksville every year. It’s our Christmas gift to the community. This annual event is a result of a wonderful collaboration between Live Oak Theatre, Hernando County Broadcasting, Brooksville Main Street and the City of Brooksville,” explains Randi Olsen who coordinates the entertainment each year.

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Vanni invites community members to enjoy festive holiday music and spirit at this signature event. “Join us as we present Live Oak Theatre’s Christmas on Main Street,” said Vince Vanni. “The audience will enjoy some old favorites like Silent Night, Jingle Bells, Here Comes Santa Claus, The Christmas Song and O Holy Night, as well as some new numbers like It Must’ve Been Old Santa and The Polar Express Medley performed by members of Live Oak Conservatory’s Youth Theatre and a special a Cappella rendition of Where are you Christmas sung by our Live Oak Vocal Ensemble,” he added.

The audience will be treated to some guest artists such as Stephanie Sager, Parris, and Laverne Gunn and Dell Barnes.

Christmas on Main street will run from 5 pm to 9 pm on Thursday, December 2. Live Oak is set to perform at 5 pm and 7 pm and the Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place near the
beginning of the 7 pm performance. For more information, email [email protected] or call 352-593-0027.

Live Oak Theatre Company (LOT) is a not-for-profit 501 (C) (3) company, located at 21030 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, FL 34601. The Live Oak Theatre Company exists to enrich families, individuals and the community by providing positive artistic experiences in the Performing Arts – including excellent, affordable, and edifying family friendly entertainment, performance, and educational opportunities for Theatre patrons and participants of all ages.

For more information about the Live Oak Theatre Company, including sponsorship and audition opportunities, call 352-593-0027, email [email protected] , or go to www.LiveOakTheatre.org. Visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LiveOakTheatre.

Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey is a features journalist and author who is the winner of Florida Press Association honors and a certificate of appreciation from LINCS (Family Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force) and Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for her newspaper coverage of these issues. She graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a journalism major and English/sociology minor, and previously wrote for publications that include the Pasco editions of The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. A native of Indiana, she lives in Florida.
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