---- — DERRY — It’s time to twirl for a good cause.
The Red Star Twirlers will present a holiday show on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Derry Opera House.
Proceeds will support the Derry News Santa Fund.
The award-winning twirlers will take to the Opera House stage with a program called “Light Up Christmas,” a Broadway-style review featuring a mix of traditional favorites along with music from new musicals and other classics.
Twirlers featured in the show include 14-year-old Isabella Bolduc, a Pinkerton Academy freshman, who will twirl to the song “Little Colored Lights.”
Emma Convey, 15, will juggle three and four batons at a time. Other twirlers taking the stage include Allie Nault, Jaycie Greenberg and Elizabeth Tuller.
Many of group founder and coach Gina Hutchinson’s students participate in pageants. Some go on to shine as leaders of major college bands and majorette groups.
“The Red Star Christmas spectacular will truly showcase some of New Hampshire’s best talent as evidenced by wins in pageants, talent shows and leading bands on many college campuses,” Hutchinson said.
The Red Stars have performed a holiday show for many years in Newport, raising thousands of dollars for the Willey-Perra Community Giving Program.
The Derry show will continue the twirlers’ efforts to support its community.
Hutchinson said coming to the Opera House to perform at the holiday is like coming home as the group performed there in 1993 to celebrate the reopening of the restored Opera House space.
Supporting the Santa Fund is what Hutchinson calls “Children Helping Children.” She said her students love performing at the holidays to help those in need.
“While the Red Stars participate in many charity events throughout the year, performing for the benefit of children at the holidays is their favorite,” Hutchinson said. “Helping to raise money and awareness to the Derry News Santa Fund will be an honor.”
Tickets for the Derry show are $5 with children under 12 admitted free. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. For information, call 432-9116 or email email@example.com.