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'The Most Wonderful Time of The Year,' a stocking full of yuletide songs, music and fun

Published on Mon, Nov 19, 2012 (9:50 a.m.)

HEADLINE:–The sound of Christmas past, present and future will fill the air when The Performing Arts Society of Nevada’s proudly presents its holiday musical variety program, “The Most Wonderful Time of The Year”, a stocking full of yuletide songs, music and fun, December 2nd, 2:00PM at the Winchester Theater.

November 19, 2012 - The Performing Arts Society of Nevada continues to build upon its very successful return to the Winchester Theater with Sunday afternoon musical programs full of great music and extraordinary vocal talent. The upcoming December 2nd holiday program, “The Most Wonderful Time of The Year” promises to be no exception.
What makes this a “shining star” is the caliber of refreshing talent, young and old, that will perform not only beloved classics such as “White Christmas” and “Silver Bells”, but also overlooked seasonal treasures such as “Baby It’s Cold Outside” (first made popular by Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordon!) and fun cavorts like “I’m Getting Nuttin For Christmas”
Featured artists include virtuoso pianist/singer Wes Winter’s one of Las Vegas most talented and beloved performers, up and comer’s Tommy Ward and Christine Sidell (Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Visual & Performing Arts), Sidney Australia’s musical theater trouper James Allen, along with three dynamic ingénues of the Las Vegas stage and vocalists extraordinaire - Laurie Caceres, Nellie Norris and Gabriella Versace.
With beautiful songs, spectacular vocal harmonies, and some of Las Vegas’ most entertaining performers, this tap-your-foot holiday extravaganza is sure to warm your heart and get you into the holiday spirit . Don’t miss PASNV’S “The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” holiday program December 2nd at 2PM at the Winchester Theater.
The Performing Arts Society of Nevada is a non-profit dedicated to affordably bringing the Performing Arts to the public and creating a venue for artists to explore new work and hone their craft. The society has been conducting programs and educational trips for more than twenty years.
Winchester Theater is located inside of the Winchester Cultural Center – 3130 McLeod Dr. Las Vegas Nevada 89121, just north of E. Inn and east of S Eastern Ave. PASNV Sunday afternoon programs begin at 2:00PM with doors opening at 1:30PM. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door with unreserved seating. For more information on how to purchase tickets please call PASNV at (702) 658-6741 or email [email protected]

Headlining the program is one of the most popular versatile entertainers in Las Vegas, award-winning Wes Winters. With extensive vocal, stage and piano abilities, his list of credits include television, radio, live theater, composing and producing to name a few. Winters was inspired to play piano upon seeing the famous pianist Liberace on television at the age of 5. It was at this young age that Wes actively began listening to recordings of Liberace and became a self-taught pianist playing "by ear". Winters is not an impersonator nor a “look-alike”, but a “sound-a like” from the very moment his fingers hit the keys. With an innate talent possessed by few, Winters has achieved a virtuoso standing, both vocally and instrumentally around the world and has been entertaining professionally for more than 22 years.
A newcomer to PASNV programs and native Las Vegas talent discovery is Tommy Ward, currently a senior at Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts. Tommy is the headliner for the 17 piece Rossi-Reyes jazz orchestra, and the front man for pop band, Carpe Diem. His many musical performances include The Bootlegger, The Copa Room, The E-String, The Starbright Theatre, Family Music, The Mandarin Oriental, and the Carnation Stage in Disneyland. Tommy and the Rossi-Reyes Orchestra opened the Las Vegas San Gennaro Festival for 2012. Tommy has been cast as Bobby Vee in a 39 city tour of The History of Music Tribute.

Christine Sidell studies classically at Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts and sings in Italian, French, German, & English. In the Spring of 2012 Christine was selected through competition as the best female high school vocalist in Nevada. A member of the West Coast Honor Choir, Christine was also selected to join the Las Vegas Master Singers as their youngest singer and soloist. Christine's opera performances include Amahal and the Night Visitor with Sin City Opera, Don Giovanni with Opera Las Vegas. Not surprisingly, Christine starred as Gretel in the Nevada Opera Company’s production of Hansel and Gretel.

A Sydney Australia transplant, James Allen is a graduate of (NIDA) Sydney’s prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art where he studied musical theatre. An extraordinary tenor with brilliant quality and range, James credits include, "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Guys & Dolls", "West Side Story", "Les Miserables", and the Australian Touring Cast of "Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs." He is currently a principal singer in Don Arden's Jubilee on the Las Vegas Strip.

Originally from Huntington Beach CA, Laurie Caceres has sung and danced her way through Las Vegas, delighting audience for nearly two decades in hit shows like Legends in Concert, EFX starring Michael Crawford, Godspell, The Wiz and Smokey Joes Café. Laurie has performed as a lead singer in Folies Bergere, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Elsa Schraeder in Sound of Music, Zelda Zanders in Singin' in the Rain, lead singer in Viva Las Vegas. Ms Caceres is currently a principle singer in Jubilee! and over the past two years has taken on the task of Company Manager and Set Coordinator for the very popular “Jimmy Stewart and Friends” starring Mr. Rich Little.

Nellie Norris is an extremely versatile singer/dancer with a sensibility for comedy and a flair for impersonation. You can catch her rocking out as a headliner in a country show, telling a silly joke in a vaudeville revue or belting out a pop song on an outdoor stage. Making people smile is not a chore but an instinct for this multi-talented entertainer who is proud to call Las Vegas home.

With family roots in Italy Gabriella Versace has been singing and dancing from a very young age performing with such legendary greats such as, Ann Miller, Cyd Charisse and Tony Martin. Trained classically in opera, Gabriella represented her state as Miss Pennsylvania at the Miss America pageant and since coming to Las Vegas has starred in numerous productions including Greg Thompsons’ “Showgirls” and “Honky Tonk Cowgirls.”

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