Westmore’s ‘The Empty Stocking’ concert set for tonight, Sunday
by DAVID DAVIS, Managing Editor
Dec 07, 2012 | 620 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The annual Christmas concert presented by Westmore Church of God belies its title, “The Empty Stocking,” because it has fun, lighthearted scenes almost everyone will recognize tonight at 7 and Sunday at 10 a.m., and again for the final performance at 6:30 p.m.

The musical has a drama cast of 40 actors, adult choir of 75 and an orchestra with 21 players produced and directed by Westmore Minister of Music Steven Allen.

The musical was written and created by the Westmore Creative Team of Allen, Michele Castleberry, Michael Myers, Brian Anderson, Stephanie Taylor, Twyla Green, Barry Melton, Adam Collins and Laura Allen.

“What’s your favorite Christmas movie?” Allen asks. “No one has trouble coming up with options for that — the trouble comes with trying to narrow it down to one favorite movie, because there are so many to choose from.”

He said Westmore Music Ministries can help answer that question this year with “The Empty Stocking.”

“We’ll take you on a trip down memory lane and show you snippets of all the classic Christmas movies,” Allen said. “Plus, you’ll hear the music of the season from the Westmore choir and orchestra. We’re working hard to make this a presentation that will give us all a fresh look at the real meaning of Christmas.”

The musical has memorable characters the audience will like, such as Charlie Brown, Scrooge, George Bailey, Tiny Tim and others from famous Christmas productions.

“Our goal is to make it an enjoyable night for everyone and to incorporate very familiar snippets from classic Christmas movies that will warm the hearts of our audience,” he said. “We also understand that Christmas can be a really hard time for some of us, and we want to provide an encouraging production that will lift spirits with a heart-warming message.”

Allen said Westmore is fortunate to have talented people who are good at lots of different things. After coming up with the general idea of this production, it became apparent that with a little organization and a lot of hard work, a quality program could be presented.

“We tried this two years ago and the program was received really well by the people who saw it. This year, we decided to make some tweaks to the basic idea, and then to add scenes from a family to tell a larger story into which the scenes from classic movies will be included,” he said.

“It seems to have worked! Things are coming together nicely, and we’re excited to offer this production to all our friends in Cleveland.”