Youth choral troupe adds Behold the Star matinee



Creative Impressions has added a little something new for their annual Behold the Star Christmas concert.

A matinee.

“It gives people more flexibility during the busy shopping season,” said Board President Carol Eunice.

The concert, planned for 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, will incorporate a variety of music genres and cultures.

“There is something for everyone,” she said.

It is a major fundraiser for the choral troupe, which was formed in 1996 by music teacher Evelyn Ellis.

The plan was to perform one concert, but afterward the children did not want to disband.

Ellis created a program around them that incorporates all aspects of music, from how to read it to how to conduct an audition.

Members get plenty of exposure through performances around the Augusta area, and at events in Washington, D.C., and at the Sept. 11 Memorial in New York, Eunice said.

The Christmas concert is the program’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

The money raised by the concert funds a program in which students tour prospective colleges and audition for scholarships.

Creative Impressions now has 40 members, ages 12-19, from around the Augusta-Aiken area. New members must audition for their peers and can remain members for four years.

Many former members return to participate in Behold the Star, Eunice said.

Though the concert has been presented for several years, it is always new. New songs and speaking parts are incorporated with old favorites.

“It is never a repeat of the year before,” she said. “It’s not sitting back and looking at a Nativity scene.”


WHEN: 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17

WHERE: Maxwell Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way

COST: $15, $10 ages 12 and younger