Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree
The tree holds 240 of the 275 singers that are in the Mona Shores High School Choir (the remainder sing from a position below the Tree). The choir is joined by our 50 member Mona Shores High School Orchestra.
Over 5,000 audience members enjoy the Tree every year. Many say “It’s the way we kick off our holiday season!” One of the most special moments in the production starts before the students are even in the Tree. Imagine being surrounded by 275 singers, singing a cappella, in a candlelight processional in the historic and wonderfully acoustic Frauenthal Center.
A free, special dress rehearsal show is held on the Wednesday before the production opens to the public. Members of the community with special needs, the elderly and other people who might not otherwise be able to afford the production are invited to attend at no cost. Meijer sponsors this event each year.
The person at the top of the Tree is known as “The Tree Angel” and is always a high school senior, selected by the director. This student is always one who accurately represents the hard working choir students, and exemplifies the spirit of the Mona Shores Choir.
The tree is 67 feet in height from the base of the decorations to the top of the star. The tree is put up by parent volunteers from the choir association. Over 850 pieces of unistrut steel form the superstructure which is manually assembled by volunteer crews who begin to build the giant “erector set” on Sunday morning of “Tree Week.”
Over 1,500 linear feet of electrical wiring runs throughout the tree to more than 25,000 colored lights, and over 5,000 linear feet of special greenery imported from Germany is “fluffed” and put on the tree prior to the decorations.
More than 200 volunteers started working on this year’s production in early October. And many worked around the clock from Sunday morning through Monday evening to prepare for technical rehearsals and get the tree presentable for its annual performance.
The first Singing Christmas Tree ever created happened 50 years ago in Southern California. It was 16 feet high and held 25 singers. Many communities across the world have Singing Christmas Trees, but none are as tall as this one.
The Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree is presented in the beautiful and historic Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Muskegon, Michigan. For Ticket Information, click here.
Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree at the Frauenthal Theater
Presented by Mona Shores High School Choir
Tickets: $10 for obstructed view (under balcony), $15 Reserved Seating
Celebrating is 32nd year, this must-see holiday concert features the tallest tree of its kind in the world with 270 singers, accompanied by 50 orchestra members.
December 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
December 2, 2016 @ 7:00pm
December 3, 2016 @ 3:00pm and 7:00pm
Tickets on sale:
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Mona Shores Craft Fair at Mona Shores High School and online at startickets.com
Monday, November 7, 2016at the Frauenthal Center Box Office