A new, original holiday show set in Gaylord National Resort’s 19-story atrium, JOY – A Holiday Spectacular takes its audience on a journey that celebrates Hope, Love, Peace and Joy. Eight performers bring the spirit of Christmas alive through singing and dancing to favorite holiday tunes that will add joy to all in attendance. The show is 25 minutes and occurs two to three times a night from Thursday through Tuesday throughout Christmas On The Potomac (November 18-December 31, 2017).
The show took a year to develop – from concept to script and production. The idea was inspired by wanting to add joy to people’s lives given the state of the world and the holiday season being a time for loved ones to come together.
Visitors to Gaylord National also can catch the performers of JOY during their mid-afternoon performances throughout the hotel, as they sing Dickens-style carols. Composed of eight exceptional performers from across the country, the JOY cast has performed in a variety venues ranging from cruise lines to theme parks and regional theatre productions. Two cast members are Virginia natives who are excited to return to the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia area).
JOY – A Holiday Spectacular was created and produced by the award-winning team of Matt Davenport Productions, Inc. and Chris Werner Design.
Matt Davenport, the producer, writer and creative director, has been in the industry for over 20 years. His versatile career includes writing and directing numerous national tours, as well as developing shows for theme parks, resorts and resident theatres across the nation. Winner of a variety of awards including IAAPA’s Show of the Year and Best Country Show in America by CMMA, Matt is based just north of Nashville, Tennessee. Matt’s team includes renowned choreographer, Laurin Floyd; scenic designer, Jeffrey Hall; vocal director, Victoria Venier; music arranger and orchestrator, Michael Morris; costume designer, Vanessa Callahan Wohlers; and media and lighting designer team, Chris Werner Design.
Chris Werner Design (CWD) creative team offers fresh and exciting lighting and media-related concepts. Principal designer, Chris Werner, is a Los Angeles-based lighting designer working primarily in entertainment and architecture. His work has been seen all over the United States and within the Middle East and China, and has designed the Saks Fifth Avenue Light Show in NYC for the past 2 years.
Tickets for JOY – A Holiday Spectacular start at $11.99 and are a part of Christmas On The Potomac at Gaylord National Resort. To book an overnight package or tickets, visit www.ChristmasOnThePotomac.com or call 301-965-4000.