Return of the singing tree

Cayman’s popular Singing Christmas Tree will feature a Broadway-style show this season, with visiting artists and local singers on Saturday, Nov. 30, and Sunday, Dec. 1.

The free event begins at 6:30 p.m. each day on the grounds of The First Assembly of God at 195 Old Crewe Road in George Town.

The lineup includes a short version depicting Christmas in Cayman long ago; “Love in Any Language” highlighting various countries with performers in their national costumes; a children’s choir, directed by Robin Tayman, various church choirs and Irvin the Clown from the U.S. to entertain the children indoors. 

The event is open air and organisers said patrons will be accommodated in bleachers and chairs set in amphitheatre style. 

Traditional Christmas selections and contemporary style songs give the program appeal that extends to a broad audience.

“It is an interdenominational undertaking with more than a dozen churches represented in the choir,” said church pastor Torrance Bobb. “The uniqueness of the choir presentation is that the singers are actually standing throughout the architecturally designed 23-foot tree, which is on a raised platform.”

The Singing Christmas Tree concept is the brainchild of author and singer Elsa Bobb. She is assisted by singer and pastor the Rev. Ferdinand Nicholls. Jeff and Diane Smith from Texas will construct the Singing Christmas Tree.