Rita, Moses, others return for the biggest Christmas Special guest lineup yet!
The Carolina Opry Christmas Special, often called “The Christmas Show of the South,” opened its 33rd on November 1 and many performances are already beginning to sell out! The legendary Moses Braxton returns to The Carolina Opry Christmas Special for his first season in 8 years! Known for his smooth, low, baritone voice, Moses Braxton has been at the top of fan request lists for nearly a decade. Joining Moses in 2018 are gospel legend and original cast member, Rita Gumm, the beloved Kym “Bogie” Shurbutt, the Carolina Opry’s original comedian and 33-year veteran, and Steve Sifford, previous 19-year emcee of The Carolina Opry. It is also the first Christmas season for newest cast member Delvin Choice, known for his appearances on NBC’s The Voice. These four artists, in addition to the full-time award-winning cast of over 35 musicians, singers and dancers, make this the most remarkable talent lineup The Carolina Opry Christmas Special has ever seen.
Gilmore works for months to create an unforgettable holiday experience, with his usual signature flair for production. As always, the 2018 Christmas special brings stunning changes, beautifully blended with time-honored tradition to create a family experience that is second to none as new talent mingles with acclaimed rotating artists and long-standing Opry favorites. The only show in Myrtle Beach to be touted as “the real thing,” real talent, real production values, real entertainment—the “Top attraction in Myrtle Beach” according to CNBC, and a holiday tradition for over thirty years. The Carolina Opry Christmas Special brings the warm, wonderful, and fun spirit of Christmas to life with music, comedy and dance.
Special guests are joined by new cast member, 18-year old Rory John Zak, the renowned All That! clogging group, Tangena Church, Christie Templeton, Chas Croft Sorrells, Nashville recording artist Brad Long, a bonus seasonal brass section, and 35 of the nation’s most talented vocalists and musicians—all accompanied by the Calvin Gilmore orchestra, led by Kevin Hughes with the Margaret Rice dancers in the holiday-embellished Carolina Opry Theater. Kids love the magic tricks and real horse-drawn sleigh and snow! The response to this special season has been overwhelming and seats are selling fast, advanced recommendations are strongly recommended.
Gilmore’s popular Thunder & Light and Pure Magic shows also return this season with special “holiday twist” editions running select matinee performances November through December. You can package this show with the traditional Carolina Opry Christmas Special for just $15 a ticket.
Christmas decor at The Carolina Opry Theater has been raised to a high art form—an attraction in and of itself. In a dramatic one-week shut-down, the transformation into a winter wonderland begins as the crew spends all night and the entire following week preparing over 35 Christmas trees, 75 wreaths, 5 miles of tree lighting wire, countless tree ornaments, and mounds of Christmas snow, all presided over by the stunning 30-foot tree with more than 25,000 lights. House photographers are available for family photos in front of the splendid tree—many of them ending up on family Christmas cards.
The Carolina Opry Christmas Special runs now through January 5, 2019, with regular evening performances and selectively scheduled matinees. Thunder & Light and Pure Magic holiday shows run on select Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30am. Pure Magic has two special 4pm performances on November 24 and December 30. For a full schedule visit www.TheCarolinaOpry.com and to book tickets call 800-843-6779.
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Gilmore Entertainment and The Carolina Opry Theater have long been the leader of musical variety show entertainment in the Southeast, with the classic Carolina Opry Show, retro Time Warp, Thunder & Light, the all new Pure Magic and The Carolina Opry Christmas Special. Gilmore and his shows have been featured by USA Today, NBC Nightly News, Southern Living Magazine, Variety, and a host of other newspapers and television shows. It is the only Myrtle Beach show to receive the coveted South Carolina Governor’s Cup, as well as being voted South Carolina’s Most Outstanding Attraction. In recent years, Gilmore has performed regularly on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and he is designated as South Carolina’s Official Country Music Ambassador.