The Baldwin Pops have a slate of holiday concerts planned for the lead-up to Christmas, primed for reaching a variety of audiences. Their program includes Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival” and “Christmas on Broadway,” along with older favorites including “Greensleeves,” arranged by Alfred Reed, and the modern fanfare ”King of Kings,” based on the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.
Beth Hall will be featured soloist on Antonio Vivaldi’s Piccolo Concerto in C Major. Wayne Fillingim, band director at Fairhope High School, will sing the Josh Groban song “You Lift Me Up” in two concerts and will also conduct “Greensleeves.”
Shows are as follows:
• Monday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m., Foley Civic Center (407 E. Laurel Ave.);
• Tuesday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m., Gulf Shores Civic Center (1930 W. 2nd St.);
• Tuesday Dec. 13, 7 p.m. Daphne Civic Center (2603 U.S. 98, Daphne).
Santa is scheduled to drop in for a short visit with children during the concerts.
All are free of charge. A Toys for Tots representative from the U.S Marine Corps Reserve will be available at each concert to collect new, unwrapped toys.
Concerts are sponsored by their host cities. The Baldwin Pops Band is sponsored by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
“Elf” musical across Baldwin
Gulf Shores’ South Baldwin Community Theatre presents “Elf the Musical” as the first of three plays in the Young Artist Series for the 2016-2017 season.
The familiar story follows Buddy the elf, a young orphan who grows up among Santa Claus’ workers at his North Pole headquarters. As his size and lack of toy-making expertise causes problems, he decides to head to New York City to find his real parents.
Buddy’s childlike perspectives clash with “the real world” until Buddy is faced with a challenge: He must teach everyone the true meaning of Christmas.
Shows at South Baldwin Community Theatre (2022 W. 2nd St.) are Dec. 2-11. Friday and Saturday curtain is 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children. There will be an Ugly Christmas Sweater contest at each show, and Santa will be available for photos during intermission ($5 donation requested).
For more information call 251-968-6721 or visit sbct.biz.
Elf workshop at library
Join busy hands in making ornaments for the Ronald McDonald House and Penelope House at the Ben May Main Library (701 Government St.) on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 10:30 a.m. While working, the 97-minute hilarious holiday film “Elf” (PG) will be shown on the Storytime Room wall. Teen volunteers will offer free gift wrapping to customers who bring pet supplies to donate to the local animal shelter.
For more information call 251-208-7086.