Christmas submission: The Arrow Heights Elementary School Christmas production

Photo courtesy of Mme Tedesco, Principal Rehearsal of the AHE Christmas Production. Left to right: Fairy Godmother (Emma Mair), Sarah (Natalia Morrone), Henry (Tristan Balfour), Catherine (Rachel Grabinsky).

Sabine Tomm

Arrow Heights Elementary Grade 6/7

Every year at Christmas time A.H.E puts on a Christmas Production. This year the play is called Christmas at the Magical Bookshop. Unlike past years, this play was an original script written by Mrs. Thompson, our grade 4 teacher. Last year the play was a Christmas version of Annie, which was also written by Mrs. Thompson but followed the same storyline as the original.

Christmas at the Magical Bookshop features a bookshop filled with fairy-tale items like Cinderella’s glass slipper and Robin Hood’s bow. The main characters are Sarah, Henry and Catherine. The three siblings are searching for the perfect Christmas gift for their mother.

They find a snow globe in the bookshop, which is accidentally broken by Henry.

It releases magic into the books on the shelves. Henry, Sarah and Catherine are visited by Cinderella, Aladdin, Robin Hood and other famous characters who remind them of the true magic of Christmas. Every class also gets a chance on stage to sing a song. For example, after magic is mentioned a class would sing about magic.

This year the two grade 6/7 classes are doing a dance to the Glee version of Jingle Bells at the beginning of the play.

All the characters are played by kids in grades four through seven. This year I get to play Mr. Charming, the owner of the bookshop! Many hours were also spent creating the backdrop and all the fairy tale items which were designed and created by the students with the support of some parent volunteers.

I think that Christmas at the Magical Bookshop is an awesome play!

Everyone has learned their lines, and despite a few microphone problems, our rehearsals have gone really well. I think that the backdrop is looking super and costumes are really fun.

The fire place on the backdrop is absolutely amazing and realistic! It was painted by one of the actor’s parents.

The main characters costumes were some of the easiest to make this year, which doesn’t happen very often. As always, the Kindergartener’s song is very cute to watch.

In my opinion, this is one of the best plays A.H.E has created! It sends the important message that Christmas is not just about buying the perfect gift, it’s about spending time with your loved ones. I can’t wait for the show. Merry Christmas!

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