VIDEO: Cobble Hill welcomes Christmas with frolicsome show

Elly Hamilton sings ‘I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas’ to open the show at Cobble Hill Hall on Sunday, Dec. 9. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Ken Hiles sings Mel Torme’s ‘The Christmas Song’.
Bernie and Sadie say they’re going to slide through the Christmas rush by shopping online. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Bernie and Sadie perform their skit, ‘The Trials and Tribulations of the Xmas Season’ at Cobble Hill Hall. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Jamie the tap dancer struts his stuff to Michael Buble’s version of ‘Blue Christmas.
Cellist Trisha Daniell and pianist Rykie Avenant combine to present traditional Christmas music. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The group, Homemade Jam, gets the audience to join them for a mashup of ‘Amen’ and ‘Go Tell It On the Mountain’.
Homemade Jam plus guitarist, Tom, sings the popular John Lennon song, ‘So This is Christmas’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Brenda’s Brats sing Christmas carols, ending with their rendition of ‘O Holy Night’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Brenda’s Brats produced the show at Cobble Hill Hall on Sunday, Dec. 9.
Christmas on the ukulele with The Huckleberry Holler & Friends was the order of the day. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Members of The Huckleberry Holler ukulele band perform ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’.
A six-member group calling themselves Christmas Connection sing ‘Santa, I Ain’t Good but I’m Trying’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Christmas Connection was the final stage act in the well-attended show. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The afternoon ended with the crowd singing ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ in parts with the kids up front being ‘the partridge in the pear tree.’ (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

It was a truly memorable, old-fashioned Christmas show at Cobble Hill Hall on Sunday, Dec. 9.

The choral group Brenda’s Brats quarterbacked the production, which included everything from humour to tap dancing to traditional Christmas music.

Elly Hamilton sang ‘I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas’ to open the show, followed by Ken Hiles, who presented ‘How Great Thou Art’ and ‘The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)’.

The afternoon presented lots of fun, starting with the comedy duo of Bernie and Sadie (Keeven and Rose Phillips), who sang about ‘The Trials and Tribulations of the Xmas Season’, which told, hilariously, of their lack of enthusiasm for fighting their way around the stores to make their seasonal purchases.

The show progressed with four-handed piano duets, songs, and even some tap dancing to ‘Blue Christmas’.

Cellist Trisha Daniell and pianist Rykie Avenant then combined for haunting presentations of ‘What Child Is This’ and ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel’.

They were followed by Homemade Jam, a lively group who had the crowd singing with them in a mash-up of ‘Amen’ and ‘Go Tell It on the Mountain’. They were then joined by guitarist, Tom, and sang the beautiful John Lennon song, ‘So This is Christmas’ again accompanied by the audience.

Brenda’s Brats then stepped up with some Christmas music, ending with their own rendition of ‘O Holy Night’.

For something completely different, there was The Huckleberry Holler ukulele band, and friends, who played holiday numbers, including ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’. It was the first time on stage for a few of these performers, and they all got a warm round of applause.

A six-member group called Christmas connection wound up the stage show with ‘Santa, I Ain’t Good But I’m Tryin’, which was penned by one of their number.

Finally, emcee Cliff Braaten divided the entire audience into 12 parts and got everyone singing ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ with hilarious results, sending everyone off to enjoy the refreshments and then homeward with smiles on their faces.

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