INDIANAPOLIS - From five singing sisters, to a father-son team and group of talented teen dancers, the 50th anniversary of the Circle of Lights show will be packed with talent this year.
The five acts were chosen from hundreds of entertainers whose auditions were documented as part of RTV6's "Circle of Lights Talent Search," a behind-the-scenes program in its second year.
After several callbacks and much suspense, the final acts were announced during the special Thursday night:
- Chaz Robinson, 22, a dancer and vocalist who lives in Indianapolis, has appeared on MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew: Season 5" and "MADE," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and Disney's "Shake It Up," and has performed in Broadway's Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy. He's currently up for consideration as a vocalist for Cirque du Soleil and recently released his debut single, "Upside."
- The Hollowell Sisters are a quintet comprised of siblings Melissa, 23; Emily, 22; Sara, 20; Laura, 19; and Maria, 15, from Indianapolis who first developed their love for the stage while performing "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at Buck Creek Community Theatre and have also been involved in choirs at Roncalli High School and their church.
- Melissa is a pediatric nurse at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health; Emily is a senior at Ball State University majoring in speech pathology; Sara is a student at IU Dental School majoring in dental hygiene; Laura is a freshman at the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI; and Maria is a freshman at Roncalli High School.
- Tony and Tyler Jonas are a father-son duet from Plainfield. Tony Jonas, the father, has been singing since high school continues to perform at his church and weddings. His son, Tyler Jonas, is a senior at Plainfield High School, where he is a member of Belles-et-Beaux, plays trumpet in the marching band and plays the guitar in the local rock band, Mach 4.
- Patrick Taylor, of Indianapolis, and Ada Thompson, of Trafalgar, met in July at a gospel music festival and have sung together several times since. Both have been singing since they were children.
- Extreme Movement Project is a pre-professional contemporary dance company made up 14 dancers, ages 13 through 18 representing dance studios from around the Indianapolis metropolitan area.
As a special treat this year, opera star and Indianapolis native Angela Brown will perform during the Circle of Lights show. Brown, who is back home to host the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Yuletide Celebration, is a Crispus Attucks graduate who has been lauded nationally as "the future of opera."
The house band for this year's show will be a group from Mount Pleasant Christian Church in Greenwood. Members include Patrick Cole on acoustic guitar; Terry Hayes on electric guitar; Zach Myers on drums; Chrislyn Reed on keyboard; Rick Staggs on bass guitar; Larry Powell as horn section leader and Brian Tabor, Kim Tabor, Heidi Wright and Phill Powell on vocals.
The Circle of Lights preshow will run from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday on Monument Circle. The televised show will air on RTV6 at 7 p.m., ending with Santa's arrival and the lights turned on on the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, plus a fireworks display downtown.
The Circle of Lights is presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481.