MIDDLEPORT — The sights and sounds of Christmas filled the Riverbend Arts Council building in Middleport on Friday evening.
The annual Talent Revue, highlighting the bend area’s musical and dance talents, took the stage and kicked off Meigs County’s many holiday events. The Meigs Community Band started the evening with a selection of holiday favorites, including a rollicking march and a soft rendition of “Silent Night.”
The theme for this year’s show, “Christmas on Screen,” was described as charming and upbeat. The Gallia Meigs Performing Arts performed four numbers throughout the evening, and many members of the community, including those from the Bradford Church of Christ.
Not everyone sang or danced. Linda Warner performed a monologue, “The Ugly Christmas Sweater.” In it, she urged all to remember the true meaning and spirit of Christmas, and to “make it Christmas every day.” Dan Arnold recited Linus’ speech on the meaning of Christmas, and Randy Moore performed the Charlie Brown favorite, “Linus and Lucy” to the delight of anyone who grew up with or loves “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
The show ended on an upbeat note, with the entire cast singing “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” while the Gallia Meigs Performing Arts Dancers danced along to the song. The evening ended with an appearance by Santa Claus, only the first of his many visits to the area.
The Riverbend Arts Council and the United Fund for Meigs County provided concessions. Corporate sponsors for the 2016 Riverbend Talent Revue were Farmer’s Bank, Home National Bank, Peoples Bank, Mark Porter, Bob’s Market and Greenhouse, and Karr Farms. Tim King and T.J. King provided sound for the show, Greg Smith emceed, and Bonné Kreseen directed.