The Spirit of Christmas celebrates the greatest gifts we can give each other – witness through a reflective and uplifting performance the incredible discovery of angels in our everyday lives.

The Young Canadians demonstrate the powerful role we each play in the community, and the importance of simple things that bring us together.

Gift of Spirit

Song: Empire of Angels
Words & Music: Thomas Bergersen
Choreography: Cyndi Scott
Performed by: Intermediate and Senior Companies

Gift of Honour 

Song: Little Drummer Boy
Arrangement: Pentatonix
Soloist: Mary Kate
Performed by the Senior Singers with special guests: James “Peterpot” McInnes and Lizzy Munson
Staging: rylee Fieldstone

Gift of Joy

Song: Deck the Halls Hip Hop
Words & Music: Mark Rider
Choreography: Edgar Reyes, assisted by Kelcey Moore
Performed by: Intermediate and Senior Companies

Gift of Faith

Song: Breath of Heaven
Words & Music: Amy Grant
Soloist: Mary Kate
Choreography: Cyndi Scott
Performed by: Senior Female Dancers

Gift of Tradition

Song: Jingle Bells
Arrangement: Robbie Hardkiss
Choreography: Rylee Fieldstone
Performed by: Seniors and Intermediates

Gift of Music

Song: Christmas Swing
Arrangement: & some lyrics: John Morgan and Lauren Ireland
Words & Music: Duke Ellington, Ray Charles / Mykola Leontovyc and K-OS
Soloists: Janaki, Michelle, Julia, Andrew Daniel, Sofi and Amelia
Choreography: Rylee Fieldstone
Performed by: Senior Singers

Gift of Innocence

Song: Mister Santa
Words & Music: Amy Grant
Arrangement: John Morgan and John Bouz
Soloist: Lindsey and Brynn
Choreography: Rylee Fieldstone
Performed by: Intermediate Company

Gift of Simplicity

Song: Christmas for Cowboys
Words & Music: John Denver
Soloist: Christian

Gift of Peace

Song: I Heard the Bells
Words & Music: Casting Crowns
Text: Henry Wordsworth Longfellow
Soloist: Athaniel
Choreography: Cyndi Scott, assisted by Rylee Fieldstone
Performed by: Senior and Intermediate Companies

Gift of Creativity

Song: God Rest Ye Merry
Arrangement: Oscar Peterson
Soloist: Amelia
Choreography: Cyndi Scott, assisted by Rylee Fieldstone
Performed by: Senior and Intermediate dancers (tap)

Gift of Hope

Song: Where Are You Christmas?
Words & Music: Mariah Carey, James Horner and Will Jennings
Soloists: Tiannin, Anna and Brooklyn
Choreography: Riley Fieldstone and Stephanie Hradsky
Performed by: Intermediate Singers

Gift of Love

Song: One Thing
Words & Music: Gabe Dixon
Soloists: Justin and Sami
Pianist: John Morgan
Choreography: Cyndi Scott

Gift of Freedom

Song: Urban Christmas
Words & Music: Beethoven Symphony No. 9 by GGB Productions
Performed by: Intermediate and Senior Companies
Choreography: Hannah Ulmer
With special guest, Peterpot

Gift of Celebration

Song: Cool Yule
Words & Music: Steve Allen, as recorded by Colin James
Choreography: Cyndi Scott, assisted by Rylee Fieldstone
Performed by: Intermediate Dancers

Gift of Connection

Song: Underneath the Tree
Words & Music: Kelly Clarkson
Soloists: Michelle and Abby
Performed by: Senior Female Singers
Choreography: Riley Fieldstone

Gift of Compassion

Song: Christmas Shoes
Words & Music: Newsong
Arrangement: Stephanie Hradsky
Soloists: Vincent, Wade, Tyler, Brennan and Marcus
Choreography: Cyndi Scott, assisted by Rylee Fieldstone
Performed by: Senior Males

Gift of Silence

Performed by: Zoe, Melissa, Rachel, Giselle and Sarah
Choreography: Cyndi Scott

Gift of Laughter

Song: 12 Days of Christmas
Arrangement: Straight No Chaser
Soloist: Chloe Lofvendahl
Staging: Tory Doctor
Performed by: Senior Singers 

Gift of Generosity

Song: Angels Among Us
Words & Music: Don Goodman & Becky Hobbs
With special guest: Johnny Summers
Soloists: Johnny Summers, Sofi
Choreography: Cyndi Scott
Performed by: Intermediate and Senior Companies

Finale – We wish you the merriest

Words & Music: Les Brown, as recorded by Sinatra and Crosby
Arrangement: John Morgan
Soloists: Sydney, Marcus, Robin and Rachael
Choreography: Hannah Ulmer
Performed by: Intermediate and Senior Companies

 

Show concept and design: Cyndi Scott
Stage management: Nova Lea Thorne
Guests: The Johnny Summers Little Big Band, Lizzy Munson (cello), James ‘Peterpot’ McInnes
Special Thanks: Jock Osler – Voice of the Young Canadians, Jack Singer technical and stage crew

Vocal Development Director: John Morgan
Dance Development Director: Cyndi Scott
Manager, TYC Company and Youth Development: Mike Jewitt
Youth Development Coordinator: Robin Fulbrook
TYC Administrative Assistant: Zsanett Rado
Dance Faculty: Beverley Bagg, Rasika Borse, Rylee Fieldstone, Amy Gardner, Nicole Le Roux, Kelcey Moore, Edgar Reyes
Vocal Faculty: Stephanie Hradsky, Ryan Nolin, Willy Joosen
Consultants: John Abram, Anthony Carr, Tory Doctor, Amy Gardner, Lauren Ireland, Rachael Poirier, Ben Toner, Hannah Ulmer

Performed Sunday, December 6, 2015 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall