‘An Irish Christmas’ Dances into the Bedell


AR5_2217CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 20, 2014 – Experience a fantastic night hailing from the heart of Ireland with “An Irish Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

This wildly popular show features just about everything, including dancing through the generations over brooms and on half doors, around butter churns and shoemakers, into the world of mythology and out again.  There is singing that spins itself out of the mists and into the familiar sounds of “Silent Night,” “Little Drummer Boy and “Carol of the Bells.” Superb music of the pipes, flutes, fiddles, button accordion and bodhráns, and drums of Irish origins, is just the beginning of this great Irish night.

Concert goers will journey to Bethlehem with “Little Drummer Boy,” celebrate the great tradition of butter making, chase the wren on St. Stephen’s Day, draw down the half door for spectacular dance, enjoy superb music-making, singing of Christmas carols and great storytelling in an unforgettable Irish night.

Audience members can dust off the cares of the world and refresh their spirits. The presentation has been bringing joy, hope, laughter, friendship and celebration of life through storytelling, music, song and dance to audiences throughout the world in a night that sparkles with life and a bit of magic.

“I am always so impressed with the international companies we bring to Cape Girardeau, and this one should be no exception. I can’t imagine how wonderful it’s going to be to hear so many Christmas favorites performed from an Irish perspective. The cast reads like a who’s who of Irish artists. Merge that with the beauty of Christmas music and you have a truly breathtaking evening of entertainment,” said Bob Cerchio, assistant director of Southeast’s Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts.

A superb team of Irish traditional musicians will perform along with dancers from the Kerry Dance Troupe, a voice squad and Irish actor Sheelagh Cullen. Special guests this year are Kevin Horton of Riverdance, and Magic of the Dance stars Ciaran Maguire and Collette Dunne.

“An Irish Christmas” has been featured on PBS.


Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampusEvents.com.