St. Lawrence School celebrates the true meaning of the season at their Christmas program on Wednesday, December 12. Performances are at 1:30 and 7 p.m. Everyone is invited and admission is free.
Director Elizabeth Schulte says, “The students at St. Lawrence really love music, and even more, they love Jesus. They show so much joy when singing about Him. The message of our program this year is Jesus came for the whole world, not just people in America that speak English.”
Students in grades one through six will present original choral pieces from the musical Jesus, Light of the World, which highlights carols from different cultures and languages. The children will sing a verse of Silent Night in German and the chorus of He is Born in French. Third- and fourth- graders will perform Rise Up, Shepherds, an African American spiritual. Fifth- and sixth-graders will present a Puerto Rican carol, From a Distant Home, and play Latin percussion instruments.
Preschool and kindergarten students will also sing songs from various countries: Mary Had a Baby (West Indies), Three Wise Men (Puerto Rico), and We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Great Britain). Fourth-graders will play A Russian Christmas on recorders. Fifth and sixth-graders will use tone chimes for O’ Little Town of Bethlehem, an American carol. The theme song, Jesus, Light of the World, will feature sign language to communicate Jesus is the hope and salvation for all the earth.
Sixth-graders will act out the traditional roles of Mary (Veronica Fonder), Joseph (Rylen Frerichs), the innkeeper and a shepherd (Josh Pederson), the angel Gabriel (Gemma Street), and the wisemen (Katie Kruger, Bryan Meyer, and Luke Schneck). Fifth-graders will serve as candle lighters, shepherds, and chimes players. Students will provide prelude music on the piano or other instruments before each program begins.
Front row left to right: Gemma Street, Veronica Fonder, Rylen Frerichs
Back row: Katie Kruger, Josh Pederson, Bryan Meyer, Luke Schneck