The weather may have been cold outside but inside the air was warm and inviting and laden with expectation as the girls of St John the Baptist Primary School were about to entertain parents extended family and friends with the staging of their bi-annual Christmas show.
The title of this year’s show was “Don’t Stop Believin’!” and the show certainly lived up to its title. The motif of waiting, hoping and believing ran throughout the show in the dialogue, in the songs and in the dramatic sketches.
After weeks of preparation, auditions and composing the final polish was put on the various strands. Opening night was November 30 and the show ran for three nights. The girls played to full houses on each night. The show got off to a rousing start with the opening chorus sung by the school choir. The excitement backstage was palpable with shrieks of excitement to be heard ringing in the corridors as each class answered the rallying cry ‘it’s show time’.
Every aspect of the night’s entertainment was wonderful, the harmonious singing, the fantastic sense of rhythm, the timing in the delivery of the comedy sketches was excellent. And who you may well ask are the driving forces behind such achievement. The musical director was the school’s principal, Mrs Mary Andrews, ably assisted by all staff members: Mrs. White, Ms. Flanagan, Miss Quinlivan, Mrs. Kennedy, Miss Noonan, Ms O’Brien, Miss Grogan, Mrs. Cawley, Miss McGuire, Miss Horan, Miss Martley, Miss Ryan and Ms Cahill. The sound and lighting on the night was in the very capable hands of Don Andrews, costumes and props were the charge of the ever helpful super wardrobe mistress Breda Coffey. Ticket sales and administration of the show was in the very capable hands of the school’s secretaries, Geraldine Laffey and Gail O’Keeffe and the school’s caretaker, William Halley did great work behind the scenes in the run up to the show and on the three nights of the performance.
We have often heard it said that school days are the best days, and as testimony to this adage we can point to the excitement, the fun, the airing of talent and the discovery of hidden talents that the staging of this concert engendered. These are the moments of gold in the lives of children everywhere who are fortunate enough to be exposed to the performance arts at such a young age. These are the moments they will remember all of their lives. Congratulations to everyone involved.