Live, on stage, accompanied by The Ringing Nativity Performance Ensemble, The Christmas Story comes alive in the World Stage Theater at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC.
With the harmonius artistry of English Handbells, the Theater will resound with beautiful music as the birth of Jesus takes center stage in this unique performance experience.
Brian Childers is an accomplished pianist, composer and clinician. His choral, instrumental, and handbell works have been performed frequently in churches across the nation and abroad. He has been a featured performer and clinician at numerous music conferences and workshops across the state of North Carolina.
The Registration fee is $225 dollars. This includes: Three and a half days of event activities, including three days of rehearsals/performance with Brian Childers and the professional actors of the cast. All event meals - Wednesday dinner, Thursday lunch and dinner, Friday lunch and dinner, Saturday lunch and dinner. The host hotel offers complimentary breakfast. Snacks and refreshments at breaks. Transportation to/from local airports and all transportation during the event if staying at the preferred hotel. Use of 7 octaves of Malmark Handbells, 6 octaves of Malmark handchimes and other instruments as required by the director. Use of Stafford Signature Series Mallets
Your registration fee does not include: Transportation to the Washington, DC area. Hotel accommodations. Music. Black formal concert attire and black gloves (no dots) for the performance. Gloves without dots are require for rehearsal but any color is acceptable.
Both individuals and pre-existing ensembles can participate. Everyone must audition. See the audition section for audition requirements
Participants may stay wherever they would like; however, The Comfort Suites Fredericksburg North on Warrenton Road is conveniently located near the rehearsal studio, provides a discount for event attendees, and includes complimentary breakfast. All the transportation for the weekend will be provided for participants staying at the preferred hotel.
All equipment is provided. Participants must provide their own gloves (no dots) for rehearsal and performance.
The event begins on Wednesday, January 4th at 1:30 PM and goes through Saturday evening's performance at the World Stage Theater at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC. The performance will end at approximately 9 PM. All rehearsals and performances are mandatory. Rehearsals will be held at the Stafford Regional Handbell Society in Fredericksburg, VA 112 Juliad Court, Suite 111.
Upon acceptance, participants are expected to acquire the music and learn their ringing position, working with their stand partner, choir "double", and section leader. Ringing positions will be assigned after acceptance into the ensemble. Music will need to be shared with a stand partner for rehearsals and the performance.
YES! We will follow all local guidelines for masking and social distancing throughout the event.
Every attendee will have the opportunity to indicate dietary preferences and needs when they register.
Please let us know when you register if you have any other needs we need to be aware of.
Dress comfortably for rehearsals. We will be in intensive rehearsals for long periods so wear good shoes. The dress code for performance is formal concert black.
Your first step in becoming a member of the Heavens Are Ringing Performance Ensemble is filling out our application. You can do that by clicking on the Registration link below.
All Participants Must Submit the following
If you have any questions about the audition process, please email us at
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