The Adelaide Festival Centre presented Christmas Proms 2018 at Adelaide Festival Theatre on December 14 at 10:00am and 7:30pm playing until December 15th at 2:00pm & 6:30pm. Christmas Proms is a Christmas tradition for a lot of families - it's a beautiful show dedicated to Christmas and every year is different. Having been attending every year since 2014, this year took out best show in my opinion. It had everything you would want in a Christmas show, singing, dancing, acting and a visit from Father Christmas himself.
This year's Christmas Proms featured performers Lucy Durack along with Jan Di Pietro and Sean Mulligan with The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Guy Noble. Lucy came to the stage with an array of different ballgowns that glittered beautifully. Jan and Sean performed multiple tap duets that left the crowd wanting more, but it was the tapping Father Christmas who stole the show. I have never seen something like this before set to the song of 'Santa Clause is coming to town'.
The show had a great soundtrack of Christmas hits and the best part about Christmas Proms is the audience don't just watch, they sing along either with their songbooks or the words lit up on the stage. This year's songs included 'Joy to the World', Deck The Halls and 'Silent Night' to name a few.
A standout moment was when the Orchestra performed Tchaikovsky's 'Waltz of the Flowers' from the Nutcracker and the stage was filled with six beautiful ballerinas and the talented young Mietta Brookman who performed as Clara. She returned to the stage later for a duet with Father Christmas himself this was just beautiful. To bring in the element of what the night before Christmas means to the children really put the 2018 show over the top.
Every year its a tradition that the shows ends with '12 Days of Christmas' and normally the audience takes on the role of 5 Gold Rings. This year had a different approach that the audience loved. They asked people from the audience to join them on stage and gave each of them a prop related to the 12 Days. The audience began to sing and the show began to rotate through the days. This was hilarious for anyone watching and at some points, the audience was laughing so hard they couldn't sing. It is such a magical time of the year and Christmas Proms always celebrates the spirit of Christmas with family, carols and laugher.