Back by Popular Demand!

York College to offer ‘Cocoa and Carols’ again 

By Chrystal Houston


“It’s just a good way to bring in the Christmas season,” said Dr. Clark Roush, director of the Cocoa and Carols Christmas program at York College. It’s been seven years since this high-energy Christmas pageant was produced, and it is back this year by popular demand. This hugely entertaining musical drama presentation is Christmas fun for the whole family. “This is the single event over the past years that I’ve heard people from the community and campus say that they’ve missed the most,” said Roush.


The event is generously being sponsored by Cornerstone Bank.


Starring a host of Christmas characters from Santa to Frosty, the show is set in a ski lodge around the holidays, and examines the many moods of Christmas. The production features ensemble numbers as well as amazing solos, and an audience sing-a-long. Roush says it will have all of “your Christmas favorites, done in a very imaginative way.”


Audience members will be seated at tables in Gurganus Hall and will have the opportunity to purchase cocoa, coffee and cookies provided by Helping Hands. Due to the table arrangement, there will be fewer seats available, so those planning to catch the show need to reserve tickets in advance.


Roush is directing the production, but he says he collaborated closely with three students; Sara Firm wrote the choreography, Zeb Carter was the assistant musical director, and Sonia Rhoda was the stage manager. These three music and drama students gained valuable experience through this production, and that’s precisely why Roush believes this is such an important program. “They were able to learn a lot about putting a whole production together,” said Roush.


All are invited to attend the performances this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. All tickets are $5. Reservations can be made by calling 363-5610. Tickets may be available at the door, but Roush expects all performances to sell out, and recommends those desiring tickets to call ahead.