The Browns present annual series of Christmas shows

The holiday season is in full swing and for the Brown family that means one thing — Christmas concerts. A whole bunch of them.

This year the series of holiday shows, which got underway last week, have been themed “Joy to the World.”

“We picked the theme a few months ago. Even at the point we knew that everyone needed a little bit, or a lot of joy this year,” said Shelly Brown. “We just felt like with everything going on people need some hope and encouragement and joy in their lives.”

There will be plenty of opportunities to experience that joy with 17 shows still on the schedule running all the way until Dec. 23 at The Browns Theater in LeMars.

Tickets range from $10 to $27 and shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. most nights with a 1:30 p.m. show added on Saturdays. Evening shows also feature a home-style holiday meal.

“We’re having a traditional Christmas meal with turkey, dressing, homemade cranberry sauce, gravy, salads and desserts. It’s just a festive Christmas meal,” Shelly said.

As far as the show itself, guests can expect to hear several Christmas classics over the course of a couple hours.

Everything from classical music with “The Nutcracker” to country Christmas tunes like “I’ll Be Home With Bells On” and everything in between is on the table.

Caroling medleys and timeless favorites like “Mary Did You Know” and “O Holy Night” will be featured as well.

“There are so many great songs to choose from and it’s been fun over the years to feature different things. Every Christmas show is different and this year we have picked out a lot of new songs and have over 20 costume changes, so that’s really fun.” Shelly said. “From our time in Branson we learned that people like a lot of variety and the shows are fast-moving with a lot of songs fit into those two hours.”

This year’s music will have also have a boost from a full orchestra.

“We had producers here a couple weeks ago from Nashville to put on the background music and vocals we wanted, and this year we were able to record some songs that our producer arranged with the Nashville orchestra,” Shelly said. “So we have these rich, large orchestral arrangements which are so much fun.”

Of course a big reason so many are looking for a little extra joy this season is the continuing coronavirus pandemic.

The Browns have several protocols in place to make guests feel as safe and comfortable as possible including multiple hand sanitizer stations and a newly installed UV-C Air disinfection system, which is designed to kill airborne viruses, including COVID-19.

They will also be limiting capacity to less than half of normal for each show and masks will be required upon entry.

Due to the limited seating capacity, Shelly noted that they may add extra shows to the schedule based on interest and turnout.

“Safety is our top priority. We want the people that come to feel comfortable so that they can hear an inspiring message,” Shelly said. “I can’t tell you how many hours we’ve spent discussing seating and how to do it all. We’ve made every effort to make it a safe environment for the audience and for us.”

Once everyone takes their socially distanced seats, the Browns can focus on spreading the joy of Christmas through song.

“Christmas is our favorite time of the year. We’re thankful we can still do what we love to do,” Shelly said. “The outward circumstances have not changed the song in our hearts and that’s what we’re going to share this Christmas season.”