Cabrillo Music Theatre is gearing up for one of its favorite, most heartwarming shows of the year: the annual Holiday Show for the Troops. Now in its ninth season, the holiday performance for the U.S. Military and their families takes place at the Naval Base Ventura County and features Cabrillo stars, youth performance groups and an appearance by Santa Claus too.
“This is the most special show we do every year,” says CMT’s Director Lewis Wilkenfeld, noting the holiday music and heartfelt entertainment make for a very “emotional” evening.
CMT’s actors and staff donate their time to create this special holiday celebration variety show specifically for the troops and families as a tribute to recognize and thank the U.S. Military and their families for their commitment to serving our country. Especially during the holidays, when many loved ones are deployed throughout the world, Cabrillo’s Naval Base holiday show provides these families with beautiful music, comedy, holiday cheer and a strong sense of family.
“Families can get together, take a breath and really understand the meaning of the holidays, really give thanks for all the blessings they have and really understand that the community in Ventura County is very supportive of the U.S. Military,” says Capt. Larry Vasquez, past commanding officer at the Naval Base Ventura County.
Unique among theatre companies in the United States, Cabrillo Music Theatre’s commitment to the United States Military extends beyond the holidays. Year round, active members of the U.S. Military and their families can attend Cabrillo shows at the Civic Arts Plaza free of charge. Providing entertainment, education and enrichment to those who make a tremendous sacrifice for our nation’s safety and security allows Cabrillo to give back, in some small measure, and send out a very heartfelt and sincere “thanks” to these deserving families.
Since 2007, when a gathering of Cabrillo Music Theatre stars, kids, staff and musicians took the stage at the 800-seat Needham Theatre at the Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme for its first-ever holiday show, CMT has lit up the stage each season with entertainment, joy and holiday cheer.
This year, due to popular demand, local audiences will get their wish to have an opportunity to see the show, as Cabrillo Music Theatre and their team will perform the same show at the Scherr Forum on December 13th. Formerly exclusively for the troops, the show will now be accessible to all Cabrillo audiences.
Ideal for the entire family, Cabrillo’s 2015 Holiday Family Celebration turns Cabrillo Music Theatre’s holiday gift to the military into a new holiday tradition at the Civic Arts Plaza! CMT’s holiday show, with its audience sing-a-longs and a pre-show reception with audience and cast, is a perfect way to celebrate the holidays with family and friends while supporting the military and CMT’s mission of service.
Cabrillo’s Family Holiday Celebration will be performed on one night only. Tickets are available exclusively at the Cabrillo offices. Secure your tickets by calling 805.497.8613, or visit CabrilloMusicTheatre.com. Tickets are $25.