The students of St. Lawrence School in Milbank put on an amazing Christmas program Friday, December 18, in front of a capacity crowd. Family, friends, neighbors and school supporters gathered in the school gym for The Nativity Story as written by the sixth grade students and directed by music teacher Deb Rausch.
“The children did an amazing job,” stated Deb. “They worked so hard and took great pride in this production. I am so thankful for their hard work and the support and cooperation of all the teachers and others involved in making this program so successful.”
The sixth grade students were cast in the main roles of the program. Narrating the production was Savanna Osowski. Mary was played by Hattie Mullenbach while Kellen Hoeke played Joseph. Karson Weber was featured as the Archangel and as King Melchior, and Nicholas Batchelor was the Roman Captain and King Gasper. Mariah Madsen and Isaac Sousa were the innkeepers. Sousa also played King Balthasar.
The kindergarten and third grade girls were dressed as angels. Villagers were played by second grade students while the fifth grade class was dressed as shepherds. Seventeen fourth grade students played royal soldiers. Additional shepherds were played by fifth graders Paul Van Dover, Aiden Ludvigson, Nathan Pillatzki, Zander Boswell and Will Snaza. Rounding out the remainder of the characters were the first graders as sheep, third grade boys as king attendants and the preschool children as barn animals.
The production concluded with the children and audience joining together as one voice in the singing of Silent Night and Joy to the World.