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Novelty Band holds Christmas sing-along to benefit Jonesborough Repertory Theatre

The Jonesborough Novelty Band will provide a Christmas sing-along show at the Stage Door on Friday, which will benefit the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre.
JRT Artistic Director Jennifer Schmidt said the Jonesborough Novelty Band supports different organizations and groups in the community and they are a major asset to Jonesborough. She explained that the band leader, Terry Countermine, wanted to do a fundraiser for the theatre.
“It will be a fun evening,” Schmidt said. “The music is wonderful. They play every style of music. They are very good, great entertainment. A good family event.”
The Jonesborough Novelty Band, who has been playing together for 21 years at many Jonesborough functions, still consists of its three original members – Countermine, Sam Burke and Mark Calliham.
“We take the proceeds and donate the money to Habitat for Humanity,” Countermine said of their functions. “That has sort of been our thing. Ninety percent of the time that is what we do.”
Over the past 21 years, the band has donated more than $47,000 to Habitat for Humanity.
During the Thanksgiving holiday, the Novelty Band chooses another cause to help. This year, they decided it would be JRT.
“I think the theater is a wonderful thing for the town,” Countermine said. “I think what they are doing is a really good thing.”
He has had season tickets to the JRT for as long as he can remember and he is on the JRT board as a city representative.
Since the JRT is trying to make Stage Door, the JRT’s new box office facility, successful, Countermine said the Christmas sing-a-long fundraiser will provide a great opportunity to showcase the venue while having fun and raising money for the theater.
Schmidt said they originally had a Christmas dance planned, but decided to push the dance back to February and have a Valentine’s Day dance, since the band is already in place and ready to go.
“They came forward with this fundraiser,” Schmidt said. “It is so kind of them to do this. That doesn’t happen every day. It shows a great community spirit helping each other and I really appreciate it.”
The fundraiser will be held Friday at 7 p.m. until about 9 p.m. at Stage Door. Admission is by donation only and concessions, such as popcorn, pop, water and coffee, will be available for a nominal fee.
Countermine said they will pass out songbooks, so attendees will have the words to the songs that the band will play.
“We try to get people involved, so it is not so much of a performance, but rather a sing-along” he said.
Individuals who are interested in bringing the songbooks home can make a donation, which will benefit the theater.
In addition to the music, Schmidt said they will be debuting some of their actors as storybook characters for their storybook parties, which will be launched in January.
“The princesses are lined up and everything else is lined up to go in January,” Schmidt said.
She said the characters will be at the Stage Door Friday for pictures and to sign autographs.
The storybook parties will feature characters telling stories, as well as creating a story with the children at either the Stage Door or at another location. Some actors will also provide face painting while entertaining the children for a certain period of time.
“We have so many talented actors and they are interested in being involved in the theatre,” Schmidt said. “We want to put it out there and see how it floats.”
The storybook parties, she explained will be a fun and great experience for the whole family.