HOUGHTON - The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts is celebrating the spirit of the season with a family Christmas celebration Friday.
The event, which will feature the Michigan Tech Youth Dance Program performing "The Night Before Christmas" and a screening of "Mickey's Christmas Carol," also serves as a fundraiser for Ana Olsson, a 4-year-old receiving treatment in Texas for a rare form of brain cancer.
"We were approached by a couple community members who wanted to put together a benefit for the Olssons," Rozsa Center Marketing Manager Bethany Jones said. "We were already talking about doing a community dance program of 'The Night Before Christmas,' so it ended up being an organic program."
The event will also include a bake sale and silent auction from 7 to 10 p.m. to benefit Olsson, and a contribution by the Brule Family Foundation will match a $5 donation for every ticket sold to the event.
"If we get 1,000 tickets we would have a really nice donation," Jones said.
For the dance program, which will start at 7:30 p.m., a narrator will read "The Night Before Christmas," as the young dancers "asleep in their beds" become "visions of sugar plums." Tumbling toddlers will also bound around a Christmas tree for the program.
Following the dance program, the 1983 Disney film "Mickey's Christmas Carol" will be shown. Meanwhile, the bake sale and auction will be taking place in the lobby, offering baked goods, a signed Packers football and a signed Red Wings puck, among other things.
"There are some really nice last minute gifts and impressive things for sale in that auction," Jones said.
Santa, who will make an appearance in "The Night Before Christmas," will be in the lobby after the show to take pictures with children. Beverages will be available, with orange drink, coffee and hot chocolate.
"It's going to be an all-around fun night," Jones said.
Tickets for the entire evening are $8, and tickets are not required but encouraged for participation in the bake sale or silent auction. To purchase tickets, call 487-2073, go online at rozsa.mtu.edu, or visit Ticketing Operations at Michigan Tech's Student Development Complex on 600 MacInnes Drive in Houghton. SDC box office hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. The Rozsa Box Office is closed during regular business hours, and will only open two hours prior to showtimes.
For those not in town Friday but still want to contribute, a fund has been started at both the Michigan Tech Federal Employees Credit Union and Superior National Bank.