The Sun Valley Hallelujah Chorus, directed by Patty Parsons Tewson, along with Hilarie Neely’s Footlight Dance Centre, will make up this year’s production of a long time community favorite, The Promise. The 2017 Christmas show will also feature special guest, Sara Gorby, singing Children Will Listen from Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. Children from C’s Mountain School of Music will sing and play three little songs of Christmas that they have written themselves. Also featured are Paul Gregory on piano, Brad Hershey on bass, and Jason Vontver on drums. From the black gospel Christmas album of Kirk Franklin, the chorus songs will include Joy, Go Tell It, and The Night That Christ Was Born. They will also sing Rise Up from the video gone viral of Baltimore’s Cardinal Shehan middle school. Soloists for the evening include Amy Nelson, Dean Cerutti, Sara Berquist, Heather Johnston, Sue Noel, and Cody Parsons Strong. This popular Christmas program aims to open hearts and fill them with the spirit of peace, love, and unspeakable joy. It promises to be not only entertaining, but also deeply moving. We wish for the audience to leave a little different than when they came in͟ says Patty. The listeners will be invited to sing-a-long on some familiar carols and songs. It’s a time to celebrate with hearts filled with happiness as well as hearts that are broken. As Leonard Cohen so well expressed: ͞”There’s a crack in everything, but that’s how the light gets in”.