Kentucky Opry to bring extra cheer for the holidays

PRESTONSBURG — Billie Jean Osborne's Kentucky Opry will kick off its annual run of Christmas shows on Saturday, Dec. 2 in the Willard and Lucy Kinzer Theater at the Mountain Arts Center (MAC).

 

As always, the Kentucky Opry Junior Pros will be the special guests and the opening act for all shows. This will be the organization's 22nd Christmas at the MAC.

 

MAC executive director and Kentucky Opry producer Clayton Case says the group is ready for an exciting season.

 

"I'm so proud of this team and cast! We are one big family and everyone involved cares so much about this season's show."

 

Case added, "This season's show will really put you in the Christmas spirit and we are so excited to show the community and region a program that reflects the joy and hope of the holiday season."

 

Original member and keyboardist Jody Conley says the cast is ready for another Christmas season.

 

"We feel so good about this show! It just has a great feel to it, and it's something totally different than in years past."

 

But Conley says there is always the central theme they like to portray.

 

"We like to show that it's not just about the birth of Christ, it's about celebrating him all the way through the Cross."

 

As always, a Kentucky Opry show would not be the same without the antics and commentary from resident comedian, Munroe. He will always have those special surprises in store for the band, audience, and especially emcee Clayton Case.

 

The popular horn section will return, adding that traditional flavor to some old favorites. It consists of Matt Moon on Trombone, Dan Houston on Sax, and Tommy Money playing Trumpet.

 

This season's shows are December 2-3(Special Sunday matinee show at 3 p.m.), 8-9, and 15-16. All shows will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $14. They can be purchased at www.macarts.com, by calling 888-MAC-ARTS, or visiting the MAC box office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Saturday.