Ticket orders now are being accepted by mail for Staples High School's Candlelight Concerts, an annual musical highlight of the holiday season in Westport.

Three free performances are scheduled in the Staples auditorium:

Friday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 13, at 8 p.m.

The snow date for all performances is Sunday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m., school officials said in a news release.

Slated to perform holiday music in Staples 74th annual Candlelight production are its chorus and chorale, a capella choir, symphonic orchestra and symphonic band, according to the release.

The choruses also will combine with the orchestra for the show's traditional processional, "Sing We Noel," as well as the "Hallelujah" chorus. Also to be performed are a newly commissioned theatrical production number by composer Don Rickenback, plus "Gatatumba" and "Sleigh Ride," Staples officials said.

The Saturday night performance will include an audience sing-along.

In conjunction with the concerts, the Staples chapter of the National Honor Society will be collecting canned foods for donation to the Gillespie Center, the town's homeless shelter. The chapter urged attendees to donate nonperishable foods.

Ordering tickets

General-admission tickets are available by mail, and orders must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, Dec. 3, school officials said.

Printable order forms are available online at the Candlelight Concerts website: https://sites.google.com/a/westport.k12.ct.us/westport-public-schools-music-program/candlelight-concerts

Order forms should indicate first and second choices for performances and the number of tickets requested. Each order should include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and be mailed to:

Candlelight Tickets, Staples High School, 70 North Ave., Westport, CT 06880.

After Dec 3, remaining tickets will be available at the security desk in Staples front lobby on school days until 3 p.m., according to the release.

Although tickets are free, the school said tax-deductible contributions to the Staples music program would be accepted. Checks should be made out to: "Staples HS Music" and may be included with ticket orders.

Advertisements may be purchased in the Candlelight program booklet. More information is available at the concerts website listed above.