Christmas spirit was alive and well at the Ecole Isabella Dicken Elementary School Christmas concert on December 18.
Kindergarten through grade six students were dressed in their Christmas best, including more than a few Santa hats and reindeer antlers for the performance on Wednesday. The show included everything from a Christmas song about baking cookies, accompanied by a band of wooden spoons and metal mixing bowls to a sign language performance by the grade ones and twos to kick off the show.
Some performances had students, teachers, and audience members alike dancing in their seats. The grade two and three’s performance of North Pole Rock ‘N Roll definitely lifted spirits high as students sang out “do you want to rock and roll at the North Pole,” while dancing in unison on stage.
The final performance by the grade four and fives was also a huge hit as they lifted their voices in song right alongside their kazoos for the musical spectacular Kazoo Concerto.
To keep things light as students filed off stage, emcees Milly Gadd and Abbi Wannamaker cracked a few Christmas themed jokes. “What do you call a broke Santa,” they called out to the crowd. “Saint nickel-less.” Audience members delighted in the young girls wit while waiting for another group of students to take centre stage and begin their performance.
The Christmas concert was held in the Fernie Secondary School gymnasium in order to accommodate the large crowd. This year there were over 450 students in attendance, as well as over 400 guests to the afternoon show, according to EIDES principal Nicole Neufeld.
There were two shows for the Christmas concert, one at 1:15 p.m. and another at 6 p.m. According to Neufeld, the school sold 480 tickets to the afternoon show and an additional 580 for the evening show. Thanks to ticket sales EIDES was able to donate $1,000 to the Salvation Army Food Bank.
After the concert, Neufeld said she was so proud of her students and staff.
“Even though it’s a huge task to organize 475 students in two concerts in a facility we get to borrow for only one day, it’s worth every bit of work to see the joy and pride on our student’s faces. And the smiling parents.”
She added that the afternoon concert went very well. “We have a lot of challenges because we have one day to prepare in this gymnasium and pull it off and everybody comes together and does a fabulous job.”