Christmas Program 2013 Photostory

| December 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Jenny Chissus

Tonight’s show was once again, amazing!  With 49 students from Susan B English performing on the stage – how could it not be?

There was hardly a space to park as we arrived at the show – even 10 minutes early, the parking lot was full!  As folks wandered in to take their seats, I couldn’t help but notice the many happy faces, and many new faces in town – looking forward to their first time at an SBE Christmas Program event!

As is customary, the Head Start students, led by Sherri Burt and Laurie Gallien were the first to grace the stage!  6 Students: 3 boys, 3 girls – ready to make their debut!  They performed their own lyrics of the Twelve Days of Christmas song (including excavators, sharks, mermaids and princess Barbies) – The students: Adelynn, Bo, Duna, Ellis, Holden and Lily did their best to remember their lines, smile and talk into the microphone, as Kari Hendrich accompanied with guitar!  When the song was through, a quick bow, and then they all went into a very spirited dance – their smiles, energy and enthusiasm was palpable!  Way to go Head Starters!

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Next we had a 5 guy band performing Sirius – Calem, Devin,Robert, Sage and Seth, who rocked out in style!  Someone Like You – was performed beautifully by Aydana Omar, and Austin accompanied on piano.   Aydana then sang a ballad from her native country of Kazakhstan.  Even one of our own teachers, Ruth Sensenig sang House of the Rising Sun, accompanied by Robert, Sam, Souleymane and Thor!  Chance performed Everlong, with back up band including Aidan, Darrel, Dylan and Tim.

To finish up before the intermission, Karen Bornheimer’s Kindergarden through 5th grade class performed the play “What do you do when the Elves have the Flu?”  They all did a fabulous job remembering their lines, choreography, and the elf costumes were so festive!  Cecilia, Faith, Frank, Lena, Nevaeh, Noah, Odin and Trinity played the elves with the flu.   The reindeer: Ben, Conner and Michael did a great job working hard to find a solution to the elves situation, along with “Kristi” – played by Ashante, and “Mrs C.” played by Simone and “Mixie” played by Zack – who had an INCREDIBLE amount of lines!  Karen always does a great job directing her class in the Christmas performance, and this year was no different – the kids were great!

We had a 10 minute intermission to stretch our legs, chat a bit and then we were in for a treat from the 6-12 grade students – who put on “The Christmas Carol” narrated by Olivia and Gavin.  Sage played Ebenezer Scrooge and did a remarkable job with such a large script!  Seth, Violet and Jaren played the Spirits of past, present and future.  Bob and Mrs. Cratchit were played by Dylan and Ariana, and Tiny Tim was portrayed by Logan.  Taylor, Alliah, Sam, Chance, Devin, Aydana, Sam, Jenna, Tim, Axcenia, Calem, Souleymane, Skyler, Heidi, Rosalia, Zac, Trevor played a variety of roles, each important in making this story come alive!

It is important to note that it couldn’t have all come together without the work of Lights – managed by Tim and Robert, Sound by Chance, Backdrop and Set design by Dede Higman and Rose Waterbury.  The show certainly wouldn’t have gone so smoothly without the organization from the Backstage Managers Xandria, Vivian Rojas and Mrs. Montgomery and the Props Crew Aidan, Dave and Thor who quickly, quietly and effortlessly changed the set continuously!

When the show was over, the annual call to Santa produced a cheery Santa who offered to pose for photos and hear the children’s Christmas wishes!  SVT donated Christmas gift bags for all the children who attended the evening program!  Thank you!

All in all – it was a great night – with super performances by all!  Thanks to the students and teachers of Susan B English for your grand effort in time and energy to give Seldovia an awesome and memorable Christmas program!

 

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