So off we went to the concert Saturday night filled with anticipation! The concert was performed by The Singing Christmas Tree of South Charlotte presented by Stough Memorial Baptist Church. It was a 2 hour show. I was hopeful about the experience but ironically, our first contact with the church's lady greeter at the entrance leading to the lobby area already proved unpleasant. After few common courtesies (we weren't looking our best I guess), she immediately queried us where our tickets were whilst she didn't ask other guests of it!
Hello?! (Darling, did we look like peasants to you?!) It's not like we were going to "gate crash" the concert - we were to meet up with our generous friends there, who will give us the tickets and watch the concert with us! duh!
Minor setback. Friends came, tickets in hand. Off to the concert Hall. The "Christmas Tree" was in the middle and covered most of the stage floor - everything looked tight and awkward. One mistake and one will go tumbling down the two or 3 flight of steps like jack n' Jill. Ouch! The tree looked the way a Christmas Tree should, except that according to some guests, the singers looked like disembodied heads in a Christmas tree - Ugh! not a pleasant thought! I've seen other forms of singing Christmas trees and I can't agree more. Did I just hear someone say Twilight zone?!
Several times through the show, besides one male soloist, a particular female soloist faltered with her notes more than a few times! Although it was disconcerting ( pun very much intended), I'd give her the thumps up. She was pretty overworked. Besides singing solo numerous times, she was also one of the "heads" singing in the Christmas tree. She sung non-stop. She must have a death-wish for her voice!
There were lulls and dragging moments in the show but there were also best spots like when the Percussion Ensemble performed. To sum it up, I think the show is Ok ( thanks to the video presentations) - but something which I won't go back to twice. The Christmas Tree Choir were good but the show would have done well if the show actually focused on the Tree singing and not have it as the back-up singer to all the soloist throughout! The Christmas Tree was the main feature of the concert afterall! Of all the 15 songs sang that night, the Tree did only 2 "solos"! uh, was it not the concert of the Singing Christmas Tree? I couldn't have guessed.
If you're from Charlotte and want to see the concert for yourself , Knock yourself crazy - check the Schedule HERE .