Georgetown, KY – Call Sunday (Dec. 4) a triple-header of holiday entertainment at Georgetown College. So, consider spending the late afternoon and evening getting in the Christmas spirit – “Messiah Sing” at 3 p.m. and Hanging of the Green at 6:30 p.m. (both free and in John L. Hill Chapel) and the original comedic play, “Merry Freaking Christmas” at 8 p.m. ($3 students, $5 adults, Ruth Pearce Wilson Lab Theatre).

The bi-annual “Messiah Sing” will be historic as the new Georgetown College Orchestra makes its debut. Directed by Dr. H.M. Lewis, the GC orchestra (with David Gierlach at the organ) will accompany the College’s Concert Choir which will be performing this particular event for the sixth time. Once again, the public will have the opportunity to join the choir on some of the choruses of Handel’s Messiah.

John Campbell, director of choral activities, is especially hopeful that alumni of the GC choir will attend and participate. “If they were previous choir members then they have learned the Messiah,” Dr. Campbell said. “These are choruses that students know and love, and alumni will get to see who had the solos that they had when they were here.

This year, Campbell is putting 10 singers in the solo spotlight, half of them freshman performing for their first time! This will also be the first performance for GC’s two male soloists, Daryl Toney and Landen Wilson, who transferred here this semester. 

The GC choir will sing some of the recitatives and arias, then audience members will stand and join in on choruses like “And the glory of the Lord,” “For unto us a Child is born,” “Surely He hath borne our sorrows,” and – of course – “Hallelujah!” Bring that copy of Messiah that you have at home. If you can’t find it, a few old copies will be on hand, and/or you can look on with a Concert Choir member. Or just come and listen. Enjoy.

“Hanging of the Green” is a longtime GC tradition that celebrates the beginning of the Advent season. There will be a short service in Hill Chapel at 6:30 that includes the lighting of the Advent Wreath and decorating a Christmas tree with ornaments that represent every organization and group on campus. The Colleges two a capella groups – Tiger Tunistas (female) and The Georgetones (male) – will sing. The event will close with a candlelight circling on Giddings Lawn.

At 8 p.m. in the Lab Theatre, the College Maskrafters will stage “Merry Freaking Christmas” for the third straight evening (it also runs Dec. 9-11; call 502-863-8134 to reserve tickets). This collaboration of stories that began as a class project six years ago was put together by Dr. Ed Smith, who is also a member of the cast as a cameraman. It has been likened to skits on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” Smith said the play “shows what a freak show Christmas can be.”