Kathy Hilyar is among 33 vocalists who will perform in "It's a Marshmallow World," the annual Christmas concert presented by the Village Singers.

"The group is fun, and we work together as a team," said Hilyar, who's been performing with the Singers for more than a decade. "And we work for a good cause and it's positive."

The show, which closes the Singers' 18th season, will be presented at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, in the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

Admission is $10. Tickets are available at the Meeting Haus in advance and some will be available at the door the days of the show, said Wayne Owens, founder and general manager of the group.

"We will make it work," Owens said.

Owens noted the show times are earlier this year so patrons have the opportunity to visit one of the local restaurants after the performances.

Aside from the standard sacred and secular Christmas numbers, the Singers will perform some new songs this year, including "Kyrie," a Caribbean Mass sung in Latin.

"It's been a difficult number, but we're there," Owens said.

Also new are "Celebration of Lights," a Hanukkah song, and "My True Love Gave to Me," a spoof of the "12 Days of Christmas."

Ron Newman, a member of the Singers, arranged "Mary, Did You Know?" for the show.

The concert will close with Kelly Clarkson's "Underneath the Tree."

"So, as you can see, we have a lot of variety," Owens said.

Proceeds from the show will go toward operations and the Village Singers Endowment Fund, which, in conjunction with the Leventhal Fund, will provide four scholarships to students who attend summer music camp.

In January, the Singers will start rehearsing for their spring concert, "Love, Love Me Do" on Jan. 21, Owens said.

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