Wednesday, June 19, 2024

The Island Academy Christmas Pageant brings down the house!


The students of Island Academy truly heightened the Christmas spirit with their annual Christmas Pageant on Wednesday, December 14th. From heart-felt carols to dancing, and even some drama, the students made sure the audience truly experienced the joy of the season.
Founder Lady Dixie Bowen welcomed the families and guests eager to see the performance, with a few remarks. “It’s hard to believe that this year has flown by so quickly, and now we’re getting ready for 2017. Every year, Wilema Gonzalez and I go on a Canadian website that has plays and musicals. This year we made sure to get their latest and greatest, and had students auditioning for roles back in November. I hope you enjoy the performances,” said Bowen.
The first performance of the night saw Teacher Elizabeth’s beginner class singing their rendition of ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’, followed by the ‘World is a Rainbow’. The youngsters even lured the audience to sing along, ending to much applause.
Up next was Teacher Holly, with her Infant One and Infant Two classes. Wearing red vests, they sang the Christmas Classics, ‘Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer’ and ‘I saw mommy Kissing Santa Claus’. Teacher Cady then pumped up the show with a set of performances onstage as students sang ‘Rocking around the Christmas Tree and ‘When Christmas comes to town’.
The highlight of the night was “The Lights of Jingle Bell Hill” performed by the upper-class students. From elves, clowns, nutcrackers, reindeers, and snowmen, the musical act featured a tale about the Jingle Bell Hill community. Each year, it is their tradition to decorate their house to celebrate Christmas. However, the elves are frustrated that despite their efforts, they never win in the holiday decorating contest. Mayor of Jingle Bell Hill and his wife explained that it was because of Scary Larry, the frightening tenant and Santa Claus’s brother. Scary Larry refuses to decorate, and throughout the musical, the residents find out the real reason for Larry’s reluctance to participate in spreading the Christmas spirit. Throughout the play, costumed students tried to come up with ideas on how to encourage Scary Larry to decorate his house. In the end, Scary Larry had a change of heart, and finally decorated his house. Applause was loud for the grand performance, with proud parents, siblings and friends cheering on the talented students.

The grand finale saw the entire student body take the stage, along with Lady Bowen and teachers to sing along to the classic ‘Feliz Navidad.’ The Island Academy also recognized co-directors of the pageant: the mastermind behind the dynamic presentation was Teacher Cady, who wrote the scripts, and Teacher Suzanna, who coached the students. Lady Bowen thanked the students and teachers for their participation, and the audience for their support for making this pageant another amazing show! The Island Academy is officially on their Christmas break. Feliz Navidad to all!

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