Thursday, January 7, 2010

Datil School Christmas Play A Big Hit

by Anne Sullivan

It was strictly standing room only at the Datil Elementary School gym for the annual Christmas play and dinner last Wednesday, Dec.16.
Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles from afar plus many other Datilians who just came to enjoy themselves were not disappointed as the evening far surpassed even the most optimistic expectations.
Entitled ‘T’’was One Crazy Night Before Christmas’ and described in the program as an All School Holiday Revue.
The play was adapted and directed by Head Teacher Mona Bassett who deserves much credit and applause. She did a terrific job and the consensus of the audience was that this was the best ever performance. It earned many a laugh as well as thunderous applause.
A present-day tale of an enormous family’s visit to Grandmother’s house and the difficulties encountered these days in travel and getting accommodations, the play was well-acted and well-rehearsed. The children sang the many Christmas songs with spirit and verve, not only knowing the words but also knowing what they meant.
Highlights included Jared Gibson’s steady portrayal of Clement C. Moore as the narrator in which he gave a clear, calm performance, underplaying exactly the right amount; the lovely solo ‘In This House Tonight’ sung by Caitlynn Atwood as Grandmother; the haunting harmonica solos of ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Friendly Beasts’ by Gibson Johnston and the lengthy rousing square dance by the Country Cousins.
Over 135 turkey, beef, potato, stuffing, green beans and dessert dinners were sold earning a good sum for the Booster Club.

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