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‘Christmas In Killarney’ brings holiday spirit to the stage

PHOTO PROVIDED "Christmas in Killarney" combines the excitement of Irish dance with the harmonies of traditional Christmas songs. The high energy production hits the stage on Tuesday, December 14 at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport.

Live entertainment is back in the Susquehanna Valley, as the producers of “Rockin’ Road to Dublin” bring the new Christmas season musical, “Christmas In Killarney, An Irish Christmas Celebration” to the Community Arts Center, Tuesday, December 14 at 7:30 pm.

After debuting with a sold out run in 2019, and having to postpone plans to perform in 2020, “Christmas In Killarney” is launching its national tour in the 2021 holiday season.

“Christmas In Killarney” will bring much needed Christmas spirit to audiences in almost two dozen cities across the United States.

Created by the 2009 World Champion of Irish Dance, Scott Doherty, and worldwide touring Irish musician Chris Smith, “Christmas In Killarney” combines the excitement of Irish dance with the harmonies of traditional Christmas classics including “Sleigh Ride,” “O Holy Night,” “Holly and Ivy,” and “Carol of the Bells,” among others.

The creative team includes Broadway director Jeff Whiting, Emmy award-winning set designer Jason Ardizzone-West, arranger Gary Lensenmayer, costume designer Sarah Cubbage and New York-based light designer Aaron Porter.

Smith has performed as a percussionist at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va. for over 10 years, while also touring the world with one of the top Celtic rock bands, The American Rogues.

Doherty has performed with “Riverdance,” Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance,” at Busch Gardens and countless other productions all over the world. Doherty’s lifelong dream of starting his own show came to life in 2014 as he co-created, choreographed and starred in “Rockin’ Road to Dublin.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to get Christmas in Killarney on the road for our first national tour this Christmas season!” Doherty said. They had originally booked a tour for 2020, but, just like the rest of the entertainment world, those plans were scrapped.

“This show is exactly what we need right now; a feel-good story about love, family, and traditions straight from Ireland,” Doherty said.

“Christmas in Killarney” focuses on traditional Christmas music and Irish dance, with singers, musical performers and Irish dancers. Set in Killarney, Ireland in the late 1920s, the stage production shows what it means to celebrate Christmas the Irish way.

Watch Irish dancers leap through the air and tap their feet, while you enjoy the music and harmonies of the season.

‘Christmas In Killarney’ is the story of an Irish girl who’s been living in America and is finally bringing her American fiancé back home to Killarney to meet her family and friends,” Smith said. “Set in the old Ireland, this show is all about family traditions and actually a lot of the Christmas traditions we have here in America come straight from Ireland.”

“The biggest comment we get from the audience members is ‘Christmas In Killarney’ instantly puts us into the Christmas spirit!” Smith added.

“This show has a beautiful story that anyone can connect to, everyone’s favorite Christmas songs and upbeat Irish music and dancing that will have you tapping your feet for weeks after. We’re so excited to be back in person to bring the joy of Christmas to everyone!”

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