Bevill State hosting free showing of ‘Polar Express’
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Bevill State Community College will host a special free showing of the holiday classic ‘The Polar Express’ starting at 6 p.m. at Rowland Auditorum. – Photo Special to the Eagle.
Bevill State Community College will host a special free showing of the holiday classic ‘The Polar Express’ starting at 6 p.m. at Rowland Auditorum. – Photo Special to the Eagle.
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Jasper’s Bevill State Community College is calling all aboard for Thursday night’s showing of the popular 2004 Christmas movie “The Polar Express.” 

On Dec. 12, Bevill State’s Office of Student Services will be the conductor of events for the evening. Starting at 6 p.m. students, their families and members of the community are invited to attend the free viewing of the movie in the Rowland Hall auditorium. Grant Cockrell, interim director of student services for the Jasper campus, is excited about Thursday’s festivities.

“This was targeted at our nontraditional students with families because most of our activities occur during the day. A lot of our students, nontraditional students, that take classes at night, we don’t have any activities for them, nothing where they can bring their child to so their children can see where they go to school,” Cockrell said. “So, we’re going to do an afterhours event, something that they could bring their families with them to.”

The movie focuses on a young boy who is starting to have doubts about believing in Santa Claus. But, after taking an adventure on an enchanted train to the North Pole, the boy’s doubts quickly melt away.

Not only will kids enjoy the show, but they also will receive hot chocolate and refreshments served by a cast of special waiters. Students from BSCC’s music department will serve hot chocolate while performing the song and dance number from the movie.

Disney princes and princesses plan to make a stop at Bevill Thursday night to greet kids, along with the big guy himself, Santa Claus. Santa will be available before the showing of “The Polar Express” for children to have their picture taken and share their wishlists with him.

“[Kids] can wear their pajamas, come watch “The Polar Express,” drink hot chocolate, see Santa,” Cockrell said. “I think it was like 300 flyers they gave out at the parade, so we may have a pretty good turnout.” 

Children of all ages, young and old alike, throughout the community are welcome to attend and delight in the magic of Christmas. As the song in the movie says, “You have everything you need, if you just believe.”