Everyone is invited to attend the annual Christmas program at St. Lawrence School in Milbank. Students in preschool through sixth grade will present two performances on Wednesday, December 14 at 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
The third through sixth graders will perform the musical Room for Christmas,written by Mark Burrows. Elizabeth Schulte is the director. The story begins at a rehearsal for an annual Christmas pageant. The director is sick and it’s up to the children to do the best they can, but no one has learned their lines. The pageant feels like “just one more thing” during a busy season, and the cast struggles to bring new life to the Christmas story. Challenges from a bossy angel, wise-cracking shepherds, unruly sheep, know-it-all wise men, and an innkeeper who is especially upset that there was no room at his inn for Jesus cause everyone to wonder: Will the pageant be a complete flop? Or will the children discover what is really important? The audience is prompted to consider their own question: How do I make room for Jesus during this hectic holiday season?
Leading roles include: Sixth graders – Bailee Hendricks as the angel-in-charge; Jemma Frerichs, a wise-cracking shepherd; Harper Wendland, a know-it-all wise man; Gabby Sperry as Mary; Tristan Hooth as Joseph; and Bella Hicks as the narrator. Fifth graders – Evan Kelly as the innkeeper; Keira Untalan and Aubree Madsen, wisemen. Third graders – Stassi Henrich, Camille Lagerstrom-Hernandez, and Baron Schmidt as sheep.
Volunteer students will provide an instrumental prelude before the program. Fourth graders will be featured on the recorder playing “Good King Wenceslas.” Fifth and sixth graders will play “O Little Town of Bethlehem” on tone chimes. Students in preschool and kindergarten will sing “Name Him Jesus,” “O Come Little Children,” and “Behold That Star.” First and second graders will sing “Christmas Alphabet,” “Bethlehem Night,” and “Here We Come A-Caroling.” Several soloists will be featured. According to Mrs. Schulte, the lyrics “Let every heart prepare Him room” from the finale, “Joy to the World,” tie together the theme of the program as St. Lawrence students help everyone remember what really matters at Christmas.
Submitted Photo: Left to Right – Front Row= Jemma Frerichs, Gabriella Sperry, Bella Hicks Back Row= Bailee Hendricks, Tristan Hooth, Harper Wendand