Northwest Nazarene University’s 2009 “An Idaho Family Christmas” production features a ‘Carol Burnett’ format this year with talented musical and drama performances, all from Idaho. Nampa’s High Street Band and Greenleaf’s Gem State Academy handbell choir are just two of the groups in the spotlight. The television special begins airing Monday, December 21, and is hosted by KTVB’s Dee Sarton. It will be broadcast multiple times by the KTVB News Group.
The show is produced by faculty and students of NNU’s film-and-television production class, which is taught by Professor Arnie Ytreeide. “We call this a variety show,” said Professor Ytreeide, “so it’s different every year.” According to Troy Watters, senior producer of the show and a junior at NNU, selecting talent takes some work. “We started the audition process in September,” Watters said, “and it was tough because there is so much great talent!”
Additional talents showcased are the Agape Gospel Choir of Boise, “Freshly Squeezed,” a family act from Boise, the senior dancers from Irish Dance Idaho, Victoria Eades of Emmett, Nampa youth pastor Nate Roskam, and a dedicated “troupe” of actors who perform in several vignette-type skits. The troupe includes locals Leta Neustaedter, Darel Grauberger, Mark Hewes, Karissa Ellingson, Maria Thompson and Tyler Gunstream.
“This show is all about highlighting local talent,” Ytreeide said. “It’s a Christmas party for Idaho, so we love to feature Idahoans. With all of the great Idaho talent and the generous financial backing of a local corporation like United Heritage Financial Group, it truly is ‘An Idaho Family Christmas.’”
KTVB 24/7, Ch. 7.2
12/21, 12/23 7-8p
12/22, 12/24 9-10a
12/25 6-7a, 9-10a, 12-1p & 3-4p
KTVB, Ch. 7.1 Boise
KTFT, Ch. 38 Twin Falls
For additional information, please contact Prof. Arnie Ytreeide, NNU, 208-465-0156 or Troy Watters at 208-859-4557.
Photo caption: NNU senior Rodney Stryker checks the monitors in the control room prior to shooting a new scene.
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