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Singing Christmas Tree 'angel' announced as ticket sales begin
Singing Christmas Tree 'angel' announced as ticket sales begin

MUSKEGON, Mich. -- Mona Shores High School Singing Christmas Tree now has its 2013 angel.

Choir director Shawn Lawton announced senior Kathryn (Katie) Beemer has been selected to adorn the top of the human-formed tree during the December 5, 6, and 7 performances at the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts.

Beemer has been a member of the Mona Shores High School Choir for four years, serving on the choir board her sophomore year. During her time at Mona Shores, she has been an active volunteer and member of many extracurricular activities at school including Players, National Honors Society, Link Crew and president of the French Club.

Last winter, Beemer was the stage manager of the Allegrettos production of "The Little Mermaid" and she will return this year for "Willie Wonka." This fall, she has joined The Sailors’ Log staff, reporting on the school news. 

Lawton says the position of the angel is a coveted one, as this person is the only singer to stand at the very top of the 67 foot tree. More importantly, the angel represents the spirit and heart of the Mona Shores Choir.

“The angel is always a high school senior and is someone who exemplifies the passion for singing and the hard work it takes to be the best you can be,” said Lawton. “The angel is never the very best singer in the choir or even the student that earns the leading roles in our musicals or the person selected to sing solos regularly. Instead, the angel is typically someone who has often has faced challenges, perhaps has beaten the odds, never gives up or might lead by example. It is a position for someone who doesn't necessarily find himself or herself in the spotlight regularly, but for one weekend is given their moment to shine like a star."

Community service and church are also integral parts of Beemer's life.  She is an active member of Kainay Community Church Youth Group and has participated in several mission trips.  She is also a member of Youth United, participating in tutoring programs at a local school and other service projects. She has worked blood drives, bake sales and other events at the school to raise money for local charities and service projects. She has volunteered more than 500 hours in the last four years.

Kathryn Beemer is the daughter of Todd and Laurie Beemer and has two sisters--Jenna, who is freshman at the high school and Lauren, a sixth grader at West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics.

This year’s Singing Christmas Tree is being held in downtown Muskegon at the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts, 425 W. Western, Muskegon, on Dec. 5, 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. each night with a 3 p.m. matinee on Saturday as well.

Tickets are available through the Frauenthal box office beginning Nov. 4, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (231-727-8001) and through http://StarTickets.com, the StarTickets call center at 1-800-585-3737. Tickets are $13 each.


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