The Broadview Heights Spotlights’ Costumed Carolers have been entertaining around the Greater Cleveland/Akron area since 2000. Founder Annette Phelps says she could not be more pleased with how the group has grown and how well it is received. “Many of our engagements are repeat customers, and they look forward to our nostalgic addition to their event,” said Phelps. “We make our own costumes which are reminiscent of the Dickens era with its colorful plaids, full skirts, capes, bonnets, and top hats. We are so cute that people are always taking photos OF us and WITH us.”
The group is directed by the talented Tim Anderson, who also dons a top hat and sings bass. “We are fortunate he is able to continue as director this year and I hope to sing with him for many years to come,” said Melanie Hauer, a long-time member.
“We have a core group that has been singing for many years,” said Karen Johnston, another long-time member and one of the costume seamstresses. “We add new members every year which allows us to perform as either a large choir, or in smaller groups at different venues on the same day.”
This harmonious group has performed at a variety of venues including the Disney Train Tour (Cleveland stop), the Cleveland Playhouse Festival of Trees, the Horseshoe Casino, Great Lakes Brewery, Great Northern Mall, the Cleveland Aquarium, West Side Market, etc. In addition, they have added a touch of class to many business open houses, community events, care facilities, church services, and private parties.
“Sometimes we are hired to perform a concert (i.e., care facilities), and other venues prefer background music and a live Christmas decoration,” said Renee DeSantis, who sings alto in the group along with her daughter Marissa. “Each venue is different and we accommodate the host or hostesses’ wishes”.
The Broadview Heights Spotlights Community Theater is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization, and monies raised by the caroling group help fund the Spotlights’ educational purpose and facility expenses.
The Spotlights Carolers are now booking for the coming holiday season. For rates and availability, contact Annette Phelps at firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred).