Sunday’s Jaguars game against the Washington Redskins will have a special kickoff, when the cast of the Alhambra Theatre & Dining’s “Elf…the Musical” will perform the national anthem.
It’s the first time in the Alhambra’s long, 51-year history to perform at an NFL game. The longest running dinner theater in the country, the Alhambra opened in Jacksonville in December 1967. The cast will perform at about 1 p.m. on Dec. 16.
“We are proud beyond belief for this honor,” said Alhambra Managing Partner Craig Smith. “Our nation deserves praise for what it continues to represent, and during this holiday season, particularly with troops over seas, it always rings a little louder. Honestly, to have our theater on the field as part of the Jaguars’ pre-game festivities actually gives me butterflies.”
The Jaguars have in years past celebrated local talent for its national anthems performances. This season’s singers include Grammy-award winner Susan Tedeschi, the JacksonvilleChildren’s Chorus and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Boyz 2 Men performed the first-ever anthem at a Jaguars game in 1995 when the team opened against the Houston Texans. The national anthem has been performed before sporting events since 1942.
Article originally appeared on bizjournals.com.