His touring Christmas show is growing, but Max Haverfield plans to keep the performances fresh in each of the four towns he and his family and friends perform in.
With three more performers than last year and technical crew in this second year, each show will involve about 15 people, Haverfield said.
“It’s getting bigger, but I think we’re going to do a good job of keeping the show tight and quality,” he said.
One way he will be keeping the quality high is to bring the performers — who come from Scott City, Hays and Kansas City — together to rehearse together for several days before the shows. That will allow everyone to get to know each other, he said.
He’d also like to see performers make connections with the audiences.
“In the world of education a lot of times you sing and then they clap, and then you sing and they clap, and you sing and they clap, and you do that 20 times,” he said.
“I’d like to do a little bit more of speaking and connecting to the audience and giving them a focus, getting to know everybody and their stories and what’s important to them. It makes them a lot more fun and easy,” he said.
His vocal coach has encouraged him to talk on stage about events that happen in his life.
“If you had a great day and you run into a friend you haven’t seen for a long time or if you tripped and fell on your way out the door, take whatever that is and put it into your music, and that’ll keep it fresh for you and for your audience,” he said.
This year’s show will feature a lighter style than last year’s traditional performances, Haverfield said.
“All four of us were opera singers and we sang it highly in that style, which I loved and would probably do again,” he said.
“But this one will be little lighter. I call it a modern take on the ‘Andy Williams Show,’” he said of the “Moon River” crooner’s 1962-71 television show.
Other inspirations for the show include the Gaither Vocal Band and Josh Groban and the Carpenters.
The shows lead singers are baritone Haverfield and sopranos Elizabeth Birger and Amelia Clark, all of Kansas City. Haverfield grew up in Hays. His mother Joy Haverfield will be on piano and vocals, and his aunt, Garee Geist-Smith, Scott City, is the primary pianist and has arranged much of the music.
The sisters will perform a medley based on the themes of “The Nutcracker,” Haverfield said, and will share emcee duties with him.
“They’re good about telling stories and very natural on stage,” he said.
Also among the performers is Scott City’s 6 PAC of POP vocal group, cellist Miranda Graves, Stephani Fisher on vocals and oboe, Lamar Sims on keyboard and vocals and Regi Wieland, guest organist.