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by on Dec.14, 2009, under The Family

It was that time of year – Tears from one of my girls and bursting pride from the other…..why?

 

Who got the best part in the Nativity play!!!!!!!

 

The School rotate the Christmas production, one year it is held in the local Church & has the traditional feel of nativity,  the following year it is in the School hall & is usually a big musical production. This year it was to be the Church with a play called “stable manners” – a modern twist on the traditional nativity. 

 

With only just over 80 children in the School ranging from the age of four to eleven, the productions raise a smile & a tear every year. So it was with bated breath I waited to hear exactly what “parts” Athena & Alethea had been awarded!!!!. 

 

It was good news and bad……Athena had auditioned and secured the main part of Mary!!!……Alethea’s class was told they would ALL play the part of “shepherds” …………One not very happy 7 year old mixed with one very excited 10 year old could only mean one thing – “fireworks”

Athena started to learn her lines…….& announced that “Mary” actually gave birth in this play…….WHAT?????????  Now anyone who knows Athena will understand that this made me a little uneasy – always up for a laugh Athena….mmmmmm just how far would she play the part!!!!

 

mmmm...Do not think Virgin Mary posed like that!!

mmmm...Do not think Virgin Mary posed like that!!

 

The play was (as always) a fantastic production, the headmaster, I believe has missed his vocation – although a fab teacher, he excels in the Drama productions. It never ceases to amaze me how “word-perfect” the children all are in a show that generally lasts an hour and this year was no exception. 

Athena played her part very well (hey I know I’m biased!!!) although her solo singing could be tweaked a little – her and Joseph looked and bounced off each other brilliantly, and not at all fazed about performing in front of a completely packed out church of 100+ people – TWICE!!!. 

Mary & Joseph...

Mary & Joseph...

As Joseph laid his hand on Mary’s belly – she gave out a loud cry “Joseph, I think it’s time – the baby is coming”  (Ok so far so good!!!), the animals crowded round, Joseph ran for bowl & rags…(Oh dear here we go)…Mary lets out a scream….(duck head, maybe no one will look at me)….the animals all move away to reveal Mary cuddling “Baby Jesus” with a grinning proud Joseph looking on…..(big round of applause…big sigh of relief)

Joseph checks out Bump!!!!

Joseph checks out Bump!!!!

 

Joseph armed with essentials!!!!

Joseph armed with essentials!!!!

 

You can put the bowl down now Joseph!!!!!

You can put the bowl down now Joseph!!!!!

Then my eyes filled as my daughter – dressed as Mary welcomed “Baby Jesus” into the world & promised to love him forever – she then sang a lullaby to him…..Joseph joined in the lullaby….not a dry eye in the Church!!!

 

Joseph & Mary sing their baby to sleep...

Joseph & Mary sing their baby to sleep...

After the visitors of wise men, animals etc…….on came the Shepherds!!!!!!

and Alethea……

 

My cheeky Shepherd!!!!

My cheeky Shepherd!!!!

Who I have to say did fantastic also, for someone who does not usually feel comfortable in the limelight, she sang her heart out…..and looked ace!!!

 

Alethea & her fellow shepherds!!!

Alethea & her fellow shepherds!!!

One little four year this year grabbed the headlines……Over 80 odd children she could be heard with her not so mellow tones….belting out most of the songs – and when it came to the four year olds, all dressed as angels, to sing softly to “Baby Jesus” she lead the choir in her very special version of “away in a manger”……..tears once again in Church…..from laughter…..bless her.

The play on both performances received thunderous applause, cheers & whistles…..it’s really what Christmas is all about – “The Kids”

 

Well done to all the staff & children of Llansantffraid Primary school…….but especially to my two girls…..very proud of you both….*X*X*

 

My four kids!!!!

My four kids!!!!

 

I hope you all have a very happy Christmas and a peaceful, healthy New Year…….*X*     Sharon.

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