CIAO, Lower Shore Performing Arts Company Will Stream Online Christmas Show Dec. 21

Dr. Dan Cochran reads the 1897 classic answer to a letter written to the New York Sun, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” for a Christmas show, “Seaside Christmas,” being streamed on CIAO TV starting Dec. 21. Submitted photo.

Staff Report —

Chincoteague Island Arts Organization and Lower Shore Performing Arts Company are partnering to offer an online Christmas show called “Seaside Christmas.”
The show features a gathering of local talent, with classic and original stories and music.
It will stream on CIAO TV starting Dec. 21 and running for one week.
Go to to view the show at no cost.
Among local talent appearing in the show are:
Dr. Dan Cochran reading the 1897 classic answer to a letter written to the New York Sun, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus”
The Cockey Family, Robin, Elijah, Isabelle and Guinevere, known as “The Folk Villains,” providing seasonal music
Alana Troxell, local actress and student at the Manhattan School of Drama, as Mary
Capt. Barry, island storyteller, with one of his famous tales
Kisha Jackson, local playwright and director,  with a selected reading from Maya Angelou’s “Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem”
Christopher Jestin, local actor, reading as Clement Moore “Twas the Night Before Christmas”
The show includes glorious background vocals from The Arlington Children’s Chorus.
The production team of William Borges, Kevin Carr, Doug Mills, Rhonda Dausman, and Kathryn Redden hope everyone enjoys the show and wishes all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Stay tuned for more shows to come.
Chincoteague Island  Arts Organization (CIAO) and Lower Shore Performing Arts Company (LSPAC)  have partnered over the past few years to deliver live performances on stage at the Chincoteague Island Theater for the Eastern Shore community.
Previous productions include Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”; “Pippin,” a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson; Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”; and “A Christmas Pudding.”
In summer 2019, the organizations held a theater academy,“Broadway at the Beach,” with plans to make it an annual event, attracting young local actors and summer visitors.
This Christmas, as with all arts organizations, they had to pivot to a new way of providing arts to the community.
LSPAC provided online classes in public speaking, in partnership with Debedeavon Toastmasters Club in Wallops Island, and theatrical dance.
CIAO continued with streaming performances each month, such as the recent offering, “Hearts and Hands: 19th Century Women and their Quilts.”
Donations to both organizations are welcome.
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