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When Christmas Comes

Fort Salem Theater announces two shows for this season that are designed to carry on the tradition set by last year’s A Christmas Carol, A New Musical, the premiere Mainstage production in the redesigned facility. “By the time you leave,” said Post-Star reviewer Bob Rose, “you’ll be in the true Christmas spirit.”

This year on Saturday December 6 at 8 PM, the Fort presents When Christmas Comes: The Fort Salem Family Celebrates the Season. New and old holiday classics will be offered by a parade of performers from this summer’s twenty-one different musical and dramatic productions, including WNYT anchor Benita Zahn, with baritone Edwin Graham; Manhattan chanteuse Kerri Lynn Jennings; Emmy winner Stephen Trombley; Adirondack Awakening siren Ann Marie Acquilano; keyboard genius Geoffrey Gee and his wife, singer/dancer Kimerer LaMothe; Albany’s top mother-daughter duo, Mary Brazeau and Katherine Pohl; talent contest winners Jenn Borntraeger, Brendan Dailey, Dominic Rizzo, and Rebecca Rogers; Dorothy from The Wiz, Genevieve Mailloux; and home-grown icons Stephen Butler, Sarah and Zipporah Galimore, Lynne Kerr and Rich Wirsing, and the Susi Trombley Dancers. The variety of singers and singing styles is equaled by the styles of song, secular, religious, and sometimes ridiculous.

The following Wednesday, December 10 at 8 PM, Irish singer Kevin McKrell brings his famous McKrells’ Christmas Show to the Fort for its season debut before it settles in for a run in more cosmopolitan venues. Kevin McKrell started his musical career in the late 1980’s as lead singer and principle songwriter in the Irish folk band, Donnybrook Fair. He then formed The Fabulous Newports a band that went on to become a Capital District legend, and a roots-bluegrass band, The McKrells, which parted ways in 2007. Kevin then joined forces with his spitfire singer-songwriter daughter Katie McKrell to form Celtic folk rockers Hard Road Céilidh Band. Kevin and Katie, again using their family name, The McKrells, have put together an all-star band to explore a style of music they are calling Celtic Stomp, a style they describe as traditional and original songs utilizing and exploring the use of celtic, worldbeat and rock percussion. Times Union critic Greg Haymes praises the group’s “magnificent musicianship, wry wit and charm.”

When Christmas Comes: The Fort Salem Family Celebrates the Season, a fundraiser for the Fort, is $25 for adults and $10 for youth. The McKrells’ Christmas Show is $12 advance tickets and $15 at the door. A Christmas Package of the two Christmas shows is $35. Tickets are on sale now at the Fort Salem box office, 518-854-9200.

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