“Unlike other shows that were written by somebody else, this show was written by us and the camaraderie we have on stage is really unique,” echoed Drennen. “It’s also rare to be able to go to a show and kind of curate it yourself. This show heavily relies on our audience. You can request a song and chances are we’re probably going to sing it.”
Bell, a music educator who also serves as music director for Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, regards the audience requests as a huge draw distinguishing the production from other holiday offerings.
“Everybody is pretty much familiar with all the holiday songs, but the exciting, positive spirit that comes from the audience requests builds a sense of community,” said Bell. “We might do ‘Jingle Bells’ with a Motown sound or ‘Rudoph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ with a rock and roll twist. As music director for DCDC, I have to be able to play all styles. So I don’t have a favorite style. Whether it’s country, folk, R&B or hip-hop, it’s all exciting to me because I love diversity.”
Bell also says this year’s presentation promises more fun and surprises.
“Last year was a real treat but this year we are taking it to the next level,” he said. “We’re coming back with some musical arrangements that even I didn’t see coming. Not only is this a fun show but each set is different. This show stems from a creative place that’s musically, vocally and seasonally in a festive space. We provide an up-close and personal experience suitable for all ages.”
“And we’re all locals,” added Drennen. “There’s so much amazing talent here in Dayton.”
HOW TO GO
What: “Season’s Greetings: A Holiday Cabaret”
Where: PNC Arts Annex, 46 W. Second St., Dayton
When: Dec. 8-11; Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 for adults and $10 for students
Tickets or more info: Call 937-228-3630 or visit daytonlive.org