Children with special needs to stage Holiday Spectacular at Driscoll Children’s Hospital

CORPUS CHRISTI – For some patients and their families who have to spend the holidays at Driscoll Children’s Hospital, their stay will be made a little brighter on Friday, Dec. 10. That’s when the annual Driscoll Children’s Hospital Holiday Spectacular takes place, a tradition that began seven years ago to entertain hospitalized patients and their families. Participants in the show include children who receive out-patient therapy at Driscoll, their siblings and guest performers from the community. No child is turned away who wants to be in the show, regardless of their abilities.

“Each year, it is amazing to see our special children give a performance to a standing-room only audience,” said Christine Carter, speech-language pathologist at Driscoll Children’s Hospital. “It is a heart-warming performance that embodies the spirit of Christmas. Our children, who have physical, emotional, mental and linguistic disabilities, seem not to be too aware of their own limitations, but are excited to work on their roles and to give a performance sure to spread joy for all who come to see!”

In 2004, Driscoll’s rehabilitation patients were invited to perform with the Corpus Christi Symphony’s holiday show, conducted by Lee Gwozdz. The children were given a standing ovation and since then, the show has been performed each year by the children of the Driscoll Rehabilitation Department for the hospital’s inpatients.

Carter said this year, the children will be performing “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” “The Magic Toyshop” and excerpts from “The Nutcracker.” The show will end with a special nativity scene. Additional performances by the Corpus Christi Concert Ballet, under Artistic Director Nancy Sulik, will take place between the children’s performance pieces.

What: Driscoll Children’s Hospital Holiday Spectacular
When: 4:30 p.m. Dec. 10
Where: Driscoll Children’s Hospital auditorium, 3533 S. Alameda