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Mona Shores H.S. choir celebrates America's Tallest Singing Christmas Tree 35th season

Mona Shores H.S. choir "Americas Tallest Singing Christmas Tree" photo
Patrick Center

America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree is celebrating its 35th season performing to sellout crowds at Muskegon’s Frauenthal Theater this weekend.

“It’s five stories tall, 67 feet, it’s decorated just like your home tree with tinsel and angels and all of that and 25,000 led lights.”

Shawn Lawton is Director of Choirs at Mona Shores High School.

“There are 15 tiers in the tree. This year there are 235 singers from the 9th through the 12th grade all members of the Mona Shores High School choir. The Tree Angel this year is Mr. Cameron Picard, senior at Mona Shores High School.”

“When I’m climbing up there I’m kind of scared because of terrified of heights, but when I get up there it’s not that bad and I smile,” explains Picard.

“You can see everything; the ceiling, the floor, every seat in the house. It’s beautiful.”

The music is thoughtfully selected by Lawton throughout the summer months.

“We try to create really a diverse program that’s going to entertain everybody. We’ve got everything from pop music to very sacred music and everything in between; gospel, jazz, Hanukkah music. A little of everything. I think that’s one of the main reasons people keep coming back. It’s become the thing to do in West Michigan to kick off your holiday season.”

From the Frauenthal Theater in downtown Muskegon, Patrick Center, WGVU News.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.