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A Christmas performance is bringing cheer to children in our area.
"A Cookie-Cutter Christmas" show entertained its final audience of the season at The Renner in Zanesville. Director Rich Tolliver said all of the money generated from ticket donations goes to the Salvation Army's Angel Tree benefit. This year's performance will help 66 kids open presents on Christmas, but Tolliver said the real gift isn't something you can wrap.
"It brings the community together, and we all work together to do it, so that's a gift in itself," said Tolliver. "My thought is that if a child is rewarded for his faith and belief that he's going to get a Christmas present, it makes him a better person."
Tolliver takes anyone who auditions for a part in the show, and he said the performance is just as unique of a collection as the stars on stage.
"We have several traditional songs from things like "The Holly and the Ivy" to songs about Christmas cookies, and then there are several original pieces including one about a snow globe where a victim of child abuse took refuge in his mind when everything was chaos around him, so it's quite a storyline this year," said Tolliver.
The event also hosts a raffle with prizes donated from local businesses and community members.