Commonwealth Journal

November 29, 2013

Center’s ‘Spirit of Giving’ event on Dec

Balsters perform ‘Season’s Greetings Holiday Magic Show’ at 7 p.m.; before that, tree lighting and performances by local talent highlight food drive

by Chris Harris
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset —

Everyone talks about how Christmas is full of magic ... but only at The Center for Rural Development will you actually get to see it.
Ring in this special time of year with “Season’s Greetings Holiday Magic Show” on Monday, December 2 at The Center for Rural Development.
“Season’s Greetings is a holiday-themed magic show that will thrill and amaze all ages,” said Dianna Winstead, associate director of arts, culture, and events at The Center. “This holiday performance by husband and wife team will delight and entertain children and their families.”
The show features the talents of Tim and Robin Balster. Hailing from Chicago and Florida respectively, the couple puts on a family-friendly show that incorporates some favorite holiday characters.
Expect appearances from such well-known holiday characters as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, toy soldiers, and a “magic” elf, all set to a winter wonderland. During the performance, the elf learns a valuable lesson about the importance of respecting other people’s feelings, property, and beliefs.
Tim Balster began his career in magic at the mere age of 10 after being inspired to purchase a small magic kit by his interest in a television magician. Nine years later, he would start making appear-ances on “Bozo’s Circus” on WGN, a nationally syndicated show that led to bigger and better things. He’s been a professional magician since 1982, and has even performed his act on ice skates.
It was during such a show, “Jubilee on Ice,” that he met his future wife Robin. During the show’s 173-city tour, Tim’s assistant had to leave for another engagement and Robin took her place in the act until the tour ended later that year. 
In addition to dozens of tropical ports and the countries of Korea, Japan, Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas, the Balsters have performed in 41 states including Alaska and Hawaii. During the summertime, they work near their home at Santa’s Village, Chicagoland’s oldest amusement park. The Balsters are currently touring coast to coast, performing the show for Theatreworks USA, a professional not-for-profit theatre for young and family audiences. 
The “Season’s Greet-ings Holiday Magic Show” is part of The Center’s Spirit of Giving Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration, which is set to begin earlier that night at 5:30 p.m. in the front lobby. 
The Center will celebrate the arrival of the holiday season with holiday music by youth singers from First Christian Church and Lake Cumberland Child-ren’s Theatre, dance performances by AB Studio 1 and Pep and Pizzazz, and even a surprise visit from the big man himself, Santa Claus.
The Spirit of Giving Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration, sponsored by Walmart and The Center, is free and open to the community. Guests are encouraged to bring canned and non-perishable food items to put in Santa’s sleigh to support God’s Food Pantry holiday food drive. Items may be dropped off at The Center or Walmart between now and Dec. 6.
After the tree lighting, the holiday magic show will be held in The Center’s theatre at 7 p.m.
“Season’s Greetings Holiday Magic Show” is presented by Lake Cumberland Performing Arts in partnership with The Center. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger.
For tickets, contact The Center’s Box Office at 606-677-6000 or order online at www.centertech.com.
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to Lake Cumberland Performing Arts with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.