AH… the holiday programs continue. Last night, my first grade niece, Alyssa, and fifth grade nephew, Alex had their Elementary Christmas Program. Unlike Elizabeth’s production of Seussical, Jr. last weekend, every student in grades K-5 were involved. However, the evening was divided into 2 (or three if you count the 6th grade guitar class) musical extravaganzas.
The youngest 3 classes presented A Bear-Merry Holiday in which the Kindergartners were dressed in brown as Grizzly Bears. The first grade group as white Polar Bears. The second graders transformed into either Black or Panda Bears Some of the highlights of this show were the angry, rapping grizzlies who promised to “be good.” However, when they thought they were not being watched, returned to their rappin’ ways.
“Panda-monium” found a group of pandas chasing each other in a circle… not much room on the stage and one nearly fell down; however, I think this might have been slightly intentional as the near stumble looked a bit choreographed.
After two intermissions (after the K-2 were finished and following the guitarists), it was time for the big kids to present Santa’s Rockin’ Christmas Eve. The televised variety show featured an array of musical talent everything from a 60s Motown girls group, to a bluesy Mrs. Claus, to a Beatles-esque fivesome (ok, the Beatles were the fab 4) who made the girls swoon and feint.
There were more individual character roles in this production and I would have to say that my favorite was the quick talking, frequently “ad-libbing” emcee Swingle Kringle (brother of the guy in the red suit who everyone was waiting to make a surprise appearance) who was often admonished for his penchant for going off the cue cards.
When Santa finally arrived, he did not come alone. He and his back-up group performed the traditional holiday Disco hit, “S.A.N.T.A.” I think the costumes could have been a bit more creative for that number. Perhaps not the traditional garb of a police officer, construction worker, Native American, biker dude, and military guy but a little more than just the jolly old elf in his polyester suit.
After the performance, we came home for our annual viewing of the 1938 version of A Christmas Carol. One tidbit gathered from the pre-show introduction: Scrooge was originally supposed to be played by Lionel Barrymore who had for years performed the role over the radio and was the original choice. However, just before filming was to begin, Mr. Barrymore took a nasty fall and was unable to be in the film. He would create a role just as curmudgeonly (love that word) some eight years later, Mr. Henry F. Potter, himself. Tonight, the Muppet’s take on the Carol is on. Haven’t seen that one in years!
Another fun-filled holiday extravaganza. Monday night (weather permitting) I will take in my final concert at the glorious Huber… weather permitting of course. We could be in for a bit MORE of the white tonight into Sunday.