Choir to offer a real ‘taste’ of holiday tunes

The multi-award-winning Biloxi High Sound Surge Show Choir’s annual dessert theater will be presented Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. at the Biloxi Civic Center.

Besides hearing a lineup of Disney- and holiday-inspired numbers from the choir, which earlier this year won its seventh straight first place award in regional competition, audience members also will be able to sample a host of desserts from local bakeries, local kitchens as well as the culinary arts students at Biloxi High. Plus, you’ll be able to  browse a selection of Christmas gifts in a silent auction.

And it’s all for a $10 admission fee, with tickets available at the door.

The choir has been presenting the annual performance on the Biloxi High campus, but it’s outgrown the venue, says director Jennifer Scrimpshire.

“We doubled the number of students in the choir (now to 42), and last year it was standing room only, so we definitely needed a bigger venue,” Scrimpshire said, noting this will be the choir’s inaugural performance in the civic center, which is on Howard Avenue in east Biloxi.

Also new this year: an appearance by the Biloxi Show Kids, a group of youngsters who took part in a choir camp last weekend. The youngsters will be performing “Try Anything” from “Zootopia” and a tune called “Top of the World.”

The Sound Surge, meantime, will have a lineup that ties in with the Disney decorations that will adorn the civic center, as well as a preview of what the show choir will perform during its competition, which takes place the third week in January.

And the desserts? Are they from local bakeries, or homemade or the chefs in training at Biloxi High?

“All of the above,” declared Scrimpshire. “Plus some good-old fashioned grandma-made pies.”

The show is expected to run between 60 to 90 minutes.
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News and notes

East Biloxi roads and baseball:  The status and challenges of east Biloxi roads and the recent dust-up with owners of the Biloxi Shuckers were the topics of a segment on “WLOX News This Week” on Sunday morning. To see the seven-minute segment, which aired Sunday, click here.

Safe surfing on Keen-eyed visitors to the city’s website may notice a new icon at the bottom right of their browser when on the city website. It’s a green “Verified & Secure” badge from GoDaddy, the city’s hosting firm. The badge, along with the padlock and “https” designation in the URL address bar, signify an upgraded level of security for the city website, including SSL certification. Well-intentioned visitors should notice no difference in connectivity. To learn more about SSL certification, click here.

Late registration for basketball: If you missed out on signing up your child, who is 6 to 15 years of age, for basketball, no fear.  Late registration for the Biloxi Youth League Basketball is taking place weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation Office in Hiller Park.  To see the flyer, click here

Signs of speeding: You can learn more about the digital speeding signs displayed throughout the city during a segment on the “WXXV News 25 at Noon” show, airing Tuesday at, of course, noon on WXXV NBC.

City Council meeting: The Biloxi City Council meets Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Biloxi City Hall. To see the agenda for the meeting, which is open to the public, click here.