Christmas concerts delight audiences at Stettler PAC

Stettler Elementary School students began their annual series of Christmas concerts last week at the Performing Arts Centre

Stettler Elementary School students are pictured performing during their annual series of Christmas concerts on Tuesday

Stettler Elementary School students began their annual series of Christmas concerts last week at the Performing Arts Centre, delighting parents, grandparents and family members with their singing and acting skills.

Students from grades 3, 4 and 5 presented the musical play “I Need a Christmas Vacation!” on Tuesday, Dec. 9 and Thursday, Dec. 11.

The play featured 10 different songs and told the story of a group facing the prospect of spending their holidays trapped at school as the snow piles up around them.

Each day’s performance featured casts from different classes. Natasha Smith and Kody Baillie played janitors Betty and Ralph in Tuesday’s shows, while Jessica Turnbull and Zach Forseth filled the roles on Thursday.

Tricia Kirby, who teaches music to grades 3, 4 and 5, worked with the students to rehearse their songs for the concerts.

The Kindergarten students performed a concert of their own on Wednesday, Dec. 10, a half-hour program featuring a variety of songs, with a crowd that filled the Performing Arts Centre to its capacity.

The songs included lots of familiar holiday favourites, along with “Let It Go,” from the hit Disney animated movie Frozen.

Vice principal Kate Syson said the concerts have gone off “without a hitch” and added there had been lots of positive feedback.

“The crowd loved them all,” said Syson. “One lady even said the first concert was one of her favourite concerts ever, and they had been coming for years.”

Bake sales were also held along with the concerts each night to support the school council.

The concerts continued this week as the Grade 1 and 2 classes were scheduled to perform on Tuesday, Dec. 16 and Wednesday, Dec. 17, with afternoon concerts at 2 p.m. and evening concerts at 7 p.m. both days.


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