Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


December 10, 2012

Hilltoppers presents 'Christmas Love' Dec. 14

CROSSVILLE — The tambourines are jangling, the hand bells are ringing – rehearsals are in full swing for the annual Dec. 14 Hilltoppers, Inc. Christmas show at the Palace Theatre. Show time for this year’s performance, “Christmas Love,” is 10:00 a.m. and the public is warmly invited to attend free of charge. 

The song and skit extravaganza is again hosted by Bryan Sutherland, Day Services Director at Hilltoppers, Inc. and Brian Werner. However, the red and green “elves” of Hilltoppers, Inc. are the real stars. The service recipients have spent many hours practicing for this, their annual holiday gift to the community. Directed by Booster Club president Debra Charnetzky, and assisted by Lee Robinson, Dee Underwood and many others including staff, this year’s show features an array of seasonal songs, lighthearted skits and touching dramatic performances.

Watch as a darkened theatre becomes the canvas for a flurry of white gloves interpreting “Angels in the Snow,” an Olivia Newton-John song. Rejoice in the ageless truth found in “Christmas Love.” Chuckle as that perennial gift-giver in red makes an appearance in “Santa Baby,” only to find a shock or two on his list. “Light Your Candle,” a song made popular by Kathy Troccoli, is interpreted in sign language by two service recipients of Hilltoppers, Inc. The program closes as artist Ralph Hofknecht sketches an “invisible” drawing while the beloved Christmas story is read from the Bible. 

After the program, friends and family members of the performers are invited back to the Day Center on Sweeney Drive for a lunch reception. Autographs will be cheerfully given!

If you have any questions about the show or the work that Hilltoppers, Inc. does with adults who have special needs, please call (931) 484-2535, or visit the Hilltoppers website at for further information about its day or residential services to persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

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