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Louisiana Hayride hits spread Christmas joy

Louisiana Hayride hits spread Christmas joy

Gil Risling, as Hank Williams, is part of the Louisiana Hayride Christmas Show at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Dec. 3.— Image Credit: Photo Submitted

After five years of successful shows across Western Canada, the cast and crew of the Louisiana Hayride Show bring their Christmas concert to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Thursday, Dec. 3.

Woven throughout the songs are fascinating tidbits of information, presented by Louisiana Hayride Show host and creator Lori Risling.

“This one-of-a-kind show will feature some of the most popular hits from Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison and more, but most importantly will be filled with your favourite Christmas songs,” she said.

Donning a 10-gallon hat as Williams will be Gil Risling on vocals and guitar, who will also perform such pretty songs as Pretty Paper and Pretty Woman as Roy Orbison.

Always a favourite, Andrea Anderson will sing Cline’s signature song Crazy, and one of her favourite Christmas tunes, Let It Snow.

She’ll also perform as Loretta Lynn in the tear jerker, How Great Thou Art.

The cast of multi-talented musicians also includes William Brookfield on double keyboard, guitar and vocals.

“You’ll be absolutely delighted with Brookfield’s stellar recreation of Christmas songs by Johnny Cash and Jim Reeves as well as his version of Little Drummer Boy,” said Risling.

Mike Melnichuk adds stand-up bass, electric guitar and smooth vocals when he treats the audience to songs such as Have A Holly Jolly Christmas, White Christmas and It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas.

“Tell your friends and family and get your tickets now. This show tends to sell out,” said Risling.

A Louisiana Hayride Christmas Show will be at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Ticket Seller box office, 250-549-7469 or online at