Of course there are reindeer.

Or, rather, women in reindeer costumes, dancing to holiday tunes.

Vaud-Villities Productions will stage the eighth annual holiday show, "Making Spirits Bright," Dec. 7-9 at the troupe's home, the Northland Performing Arts Center.

"It's really coming into its own," said Kent D. Stuckey, NPAC board chairman.

Performances for the holiday show, which was written and is being directed by the local troupe's new artistic director, Cabot Rea, are set for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8, and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9.

Tickets cost $20 and may be ordered online at tiktz.com.

The Northland Performing Arts Center is located at 4411 Tamarack Blvd.

Rea, a former WCMH-TV (Channel 4) news anchor until he retired in 2015, takes over as artistic director from Johnny Steiner, who is now director of music ministries and marketing for Church of the Messiah in Westerville.

"This is my vision, for better or worse," Rea said of the holiday show. "I have a whole new respect for the process of directing."

Rea, who was a music teacher before turning to broadcast news, has lent his singing talents the past three years to performances of classic Broadway musicals to help fund the center. He and Stuckey were roommates at Otterbein University.

"I knew he was totally capable of doing this," Stuckey said.

The challenge in putting together "Making Spirits Bright" is bringing out the best in cast members with varying degrees of stage experience and talent, Rea said.

"These people have worked very hard," he said.

The story Rea came up with for the show involves three children visiting their widowed grandfather while their parents are doing last-minute Christmas shopping. Grandpa lets each child open one of their presents, and that leads to a sequence of traditional holiday songs, including a poignant one when the grandfather reflects on his late wife.

"You have a little bit of life and death in there," Rea said.

"Making Spirits Bright" features a variety of dance styles, Rea said, from jazz to clogging to hip-hop.

Heather Balas is the dance manager for the Vaud-Villities holiday show.

"It's been a great experience," she said of her first time in the position.

Balas has danced in past Vaud-Villities shows, but being dance manager has helped her get to know other cast members in a new way, she said.

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