Though the leaves are still falling and the temperatures still warm, it’s time to think about the soon-to-be-here holiday season. One of Rockford’s holiday traditions, J. R. Sullivan’s Hometown Holiday, returns December 10 and 11 to the Sullivan Theater in the Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St. This seasonal variety show, custom-made each year for the Rockford community, will be held Saturday, December 10, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 11, at 4 p.m.
Tickets at $25 each, are on sale beginning November 1 at the BMO Harris Bank Center and Coronado Performing Arts Center Box offices, or at ticketmaster.com or by calling 815-968-0595 (service fees will apply). Tickets also are available, for cash or check, at the Rockford Area Arts Council and JR Kortman.
This year will be the 21st production of Hometown Holiday, featuring holiday-inspired storytelling, comedy and seasonal and popular songs. Rockford natives Miles Nielsen and Holland Zander will join a returning company of talented musicians and actors, including Shawn Wallace, composer and pianist; Randy Sabien, jazz violinist and multi-instrumentalist; Marcella Rose Sciotto, Kayla Carter, Daniel Patrick Sullivan and local favorites Linda Abronski and Steve Vrtol. An all-new Rockford story by J. R. Sullivan will close the show.
“I happily anticipate another great Hometown Holiday show, especially with the great Miles Nielsen headlining and the return of HH favorites Randy Sabien, Shawn Wallace, Holland Zander, and of course our acting company Linda Abronski, Daniel Patrick Sullivan, Marcella Rose Sciotto, and Stephen Vrtol,” Sullivan says. “Variety is our format and joyful celebration is our theme. It will be just great to be in downtown Rockford again this season and home for our holiday show.”
Also joining the cast will be Chicago actress, Kayla Carter, directly from her role as Queen Katherine in Henry V, a production of the Shakespeare Project of Chicago. Carter, a native of North Carolina, now calls Chicago home. Her Chicago credits include Chicago Med, APB and Artemisia’s Fall Festival. She also has appeared in the Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte and Phoenix Theatre Indy. She is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Supporting sponsors for this 21st Hometown Holiday production are Graham Spencer Brand + Content and WNIU/WNIJ with assistance of the Rockford Area Arts Council. Visit jrsullivanhometownholiday.com.
–J.R. Sullivan Theatre