Special show kicks off Singing Christmas Tree


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — Wednesday was the last dress rehearsal for the annual Singing Christmas Tree performance by the Mona Shores Choir and Orchestra, but it wasn't a normal practice session.

It was actually a special free show for some in the community.

"Economically disadvantaged people, people who are disabled, people who probably couldn't afford to see the show sometimes without coming to this night," choir director Shawn Lawton explained. "It's become a really special night for us."  

The tree stands 67 feet tall and is made up of 250 students. A Muskegon tradition now in its 34th year, the show at the Frauenthal Center features a wide variety of holiday music.

"Everything from sacred to secular music, popular music, gospel, Hanukkah music, jazz — you're going to hear a little bit of everything and I've found that's what people want," Lawton said.

Mona Shores' Singing Christmas Tree is the tallest in America. Parents helped build the steel structure and make sure the shows go off without a hitch.

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