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Over 200 students to take part in ‘Pageant’

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Groups hope to build holiday tradition with production

By The Staff

A new event will take place here in Owen County during the holiday season. The community is invited to come out and enjoy some great music, acting, stories, along with some good food, while members of the band, elementary choir and drama students perform a Christmas classic, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

“We wanted to give the community an event where everyone could gather every year. We also wanted something to showcase the talent of as many students as possible from the school system,” Kelly S. Hash, director of bands, said. “Thanks to the awesome dedication and work ethic of Angela Wells, choir director at Owen County Elementary; Lauren Doyle, drama coordinator; Beth Taylor, art teacher at Owen County High School; Michael Bice, art teacher at Maurice Bowling Middle School; and Diana Shepherd, coordinator of events. We think we will have a great program that everyone in the community can enjoy.”

The story, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” is about a church putting on its annual Christmas pageant.

The main characters – the Herdman family – lack a lot of luster but end up understanding the message of Christmas. The actors in this performance range from fourth-graders to high school seniors.

A total of 200 students are involved in this production, including band members, choir members, drama students, art students – who designed the stage and sets – and members of SERVE and FEA, who will be serving the meal during the performances.

“This is a monumental challenge for all the students. Nothing like this has been done before in the community,” Hash said. “The amount of hours everyone is putting into this is phenomenal. It should truly be a special event that the kids will remember for a long time.”

There are also over 20 parents who are helping with cooking the meals, advertising, and coordinating other events for the performance.

There are two main goals for the project. The first one is for the students to have a good experience performing for the community. The second is for the community to enjoy the performance so it can become an annual tradition in Owen County.

“We would like to present a new production every year,” Hash said. “We hope we might be able to try such yuletide favorites as The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, The Polar Express, A Christmas Carol, and A Charlie Brown Christmas. With our groups being performance-oriented, what better way to challenge our students to show what they have learned and to demonstrate the techniques, and skills needed to perform at a high level.”

In addition, the students will help organize events like this and gain real world experience and application.

There are two types of admission. First is for both a dinner and a performance, which is $8. The other is general admission for the performance only, and  those tickets are $3.

Dinner includes lasagna, salad, garlic bread, drink and desert.

Members of the community can purchase tickets for the performance from Peoples Bank, First Farmers Bank, and North Park Pharmacy or at the door for each performance. There will be a performance Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. and Dec. 12 at  2 p.m..

Tickets for general admission are available at all community locations and at the door. Tickets for the dinner admission can only be purchased at the community locations.