The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will be joined on the stage of the Mahalia Jackson Theater by the 610 Stompers, next Saturday, December 14, for a unique retelling of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” The performance, aptly named “Holiday Spectacular: A Stomper Christmas Carol” promises to be a spirited journey.
The 610 Stompers is actually a group of around 100 men, of all shapes and sizes, ranging from their 20s to their 80s. “Ordinary Men [with] extraordinary moves,” their mission is to bring back the “glory of dance” to the lay men, which they will be doing with the help of the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, as they assist their lead Stomper, Slabeneezer Scrooge, on the journey to find his long lost love for dance.
These men aren’t just sweatband wearing, high sock stepping, short short donning dancers, they are also spirited fund raisers. “Along with our 610 Splits, the strong and beautiful women who protect us, the Stompers have not only performed for more charitable causes than we can count, along the way we’ve raised and donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to those causes. We call it “using our powers for good” and it’s one of the best things about being a 610 Stomper.” There is a donation tracker on their site that has currently surpassed $500,000.
The performance will also feature local guest artists, Arsène Delay, Roots of Music and the Lusher Charter School choirs, with a special appearance by Santa Claus himself!
Catch A Holiday Spectacular: A Stomper Christmas Carol at 7:30 p.m. at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St. For tickets please visit LPOmusic.com or call (504) 523-6530.