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Dugger Band to give Niswonger Performing Arts Center audience 'The Gift'

staff report • Dec 16, 2012 at 5:15 AM

The Dugger Band will give their audience at Greeneville’s Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Dec. 20 the “Gift” of an evening filled with music, comedy and even a short film, all designed to help them celebrate the real reason for the season.

Curtains up on the gospel group’s Christmas show, titled “The Gift,” is at 7:30 p.m.

Performers will include brothers Jordan and Seth Dugger; James Smith, the Duggers’ uncle; Chris Payne; Nate Willis; Angela Willis; and Kasie Willis, all performing on a variety of instruments ranging from guitar to drums to keyboard to bass to fiddle to mandolin.

“Each of us has been offered the most precious gift of Christ, but it goes beyond that,” Jordan Dugger said. “We each have been given unique talents and passions — gifts that we can use to help others. Even if we don’t receive all of the gifts we are hoping for this Christmas, we have already received something very special.”

The Singing Duggers — including David Dugger (father of Jordan and Seth Dugger) and his brothers and sisters — were familiar to church audiences in the 1980s before David Dugger became pastor at Brittontown Church.

From 2003 to 2008, David Dugger and his wife, Kathy, served as singing evangelists with their two sons. In 2008, the couple planted Crossroads Church, which has grown from a meeting room at the Comfort Inn to services held at the Greene County Fairgrounds.

In addition to overseeing music at Crossroads, Jordan and Seth Dugger have also worked with Campus Crusade for Christ at the University of Tennessee and The Point at Tusculum College. Jordan recently graduated from UT with a degree in architecture, and Seth is set to graduated from UT with a degree in business finance in May.

The brothers released their first album, “The Journey” in 2011.

In addition to musical entertainment, the NPAC audience will also catch a screening of the Dugger Band’s short film “The Gift.”

Abe Johnson has been given a valuable gift that has caught the attention of many people. Evil forces have attacked him to take possession of it and to stop Abe from fulfilling his destiny. A special team of Santa’s helpers are sent to fight these forces and to save Abe’s gift from falling into the wrong hands. Can the Christmas Spirit Restoration Agency restore Abe and set him back on the path to fulfill his destiny or will Abaddon keep his grip on the special gift that belongs to Abe?

Tickets are $10 for adults and free for children 8 and younger.

For tickets or more information, call the NPAC box office at (423) 638-1679 between 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or visit www.greenevillenpac.com.

NPAC is located at 212 Tusculum Blvd., adjacent to Greeneville High School.

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