|Middle School Takes the Stage in Winter Program
The Middle School Winter Program, held in
the Wyly Auditorium on Tuesday evening, featured a variety of musical and dramatic
Lakehill's fifth grade music class presented songs of Christmas and Hanukkah, including "Peace I Leave with You," "The Candles of Hanukkah," "One Small Star," and "I'll Be Home for Christmas." Soloists on "One Small Star" included Giulia Ferguson, Emily York, Tillie McCoskey, and Marion Humphries.
The program concluded with a performance by the Middle School Drama students who presented an excerpt from Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
The fifth grade students sang carols during the play.
Booth reported, "The 5th grade music classes worked very hard
preparing for this show. They have made great progress in their singing
and I hope that they continue singing as they get older!"
The holiday traditions will continue on Thursday evening with a special Middle and Upper School Choir Concert at 7:00pm and again on Monday evening, as the Lower School
students present their Winter Program and the annual parade of gifts.
From Page to Stage
Drama Students Send Message of Good Will to All
The classic story about miserly old Scrooge, adorable Tiny
Tim, and spooky spirits was brought to life for the Winter Program as the 7th
and 8th grade drama classes presented an enchanting performance of Charles
Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Adapted
by Gary Peterson, the play was produced by special arrangement with
Contemporary Drama Service.
A Christmas Carol, written in 1843, is the famous tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by spirits from the past,
present, and future. The story is a celebration of Christmas, but it is also a tale of redemption.
The play begins on Christmas Eve seven years after the death of Scrooge's business partner Jacob Marley.
The ghost of Marley warns Scrooge his soul
will bear chains for eternity if he does not change his greedy ways, and foretells that other ghosts will follow. The
first, the Ghost of Christmas Past, takes Scrooge to
the scenes of his childhood which stir Scrooge's tender side. The second
spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Present, takes Scrooge
to the home of his nephew Fred and to the humble dwelling of his clerk Bob Cratchit
to observe his humble meal. The third spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come,
terrorizes Scrooge with dismal images of the future if he does not change his ways.
In the end, Scrooge becomes a different man, treating
his fellow men with kindness, generosity, and compassion. "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to
keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The
Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons
that they teach."
Tuesday evening's performance let audience members shed any
holiday "humbugs" they may have had prior to the performance. Narrated by
Courtney Hume, the cast included Daniel Landers as Scrooge, Connor Crumpton as
Cratchit, and Harrison Gowan as Fred. Johnathan Page and Kartez Rowell were
convincing businessmen. Reese Myers played Marley while the spirits were played
by Brianna Jacobson, Giles Nosacka, and Church Humphreys.
Other talented cast members included India Williams, Ethan Weil, Alona Kemp,
Allegra Schmitt, Cameron Gavinski, Annabel Henley, Margaux Underwood, Matt
Graff, Laura Ballard, Erin Boyce, Maia Heard, Lucia Dunlap, Hannah Cavuoti, and
Emily Allton. First grade student Matthew McCall made a special appearance as
The cast was supported by Marianna Eboli, Jordan Jacobson, Jackson
Vickery, Brandon Shaw, Kate Evans, Kathlynn Hawthorne, and Haley York.
Drama teacher and director Victoria John remarked, "While I am extremely proud of my
students' on-stage performance, I am also so pleased with how they
handled themselves backstage. Watching them help one another with costumes, props, and entrance
cues truly brought me joy. They all were so kind to first grade student Matthew McCall. Once again I feel very blessed to work with such amazing
Tuesday night was a celebration of good will that audience members won't soon forget.
Alex Gilbert Named to All-State Choir
Every year the Texas Private School
Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) hosts a competition to select a state-wide
private school choir. The choir students submit CDs and are judged in two
rounds. Alex Gilbert's CD made it through both rounds and he has been
selected as a member of the 2010 TPSMEA All-State Choir. TPSMEA is an organization formed and
run by musicians dedicated to providing outstanding musical experiences for
students in private and parochial schools in Texas.
Three hundred entries, divided into four sections (soprano, alto, tenor, and
bass) of 75 each, competed at region level. During each phase of the
competition, a panel of five judges evaluated each entry on musicality,
intonation, tonal clarity, diction, and rhythmic precision. Forty from each section were selected to advance to State, making a 160-voice All-State
choir. The choir will perform in San Antonio on January 28-30 with the TPSMEA All-State Orchestra, which is
selected in much the same way.
A Good Read...A Good Deed
Lakehill's Cub Scout Pack 46 recently held a book drive to
benefit Jonathan's Place. To support their efforts, Scouts offered "free" hot chocolate on the
morning of December 1 with a suggested donation of cash or books.
The pack met on December 6 to sort and box books, make
bookmarks, and learn more about Jonathan's Place. For more than a decade, Jonathan's Place has been taking
care of the Dallas area's youngest
victims of abuse by providing a
"home-style" emergency shelter for abused, abandoned, and neglected children
and a Foster and Adoptive Family Program.
Scouts collected more than 1300
books to stock the shelter's new children's library, made 100 bookmarks for the children, and
raised $300 that was donated directly for use in their programs.
Doug Hood, Director of Development for Jonathan's Place was on hand to tell the
Scouts about the facility and receive the donation. He explains, "The
children of Jonathan's Place are going through a very difficult time in their
lives, but Lakehill's Cub Scout Pack is helping make their lives better. We are
so grateful to be the recipients of the Scouts' efforts. Without their support,
we could not provide all of the services that these children so desperately need."
According to Hood, children come to Jonathan's Place with only the clothes on
their backs, but because of generous people in the community they can have hope
for a brighter future. This is the second year that Pack 46 has supported these programs.
Warriors Bring Home Trophy
Lakehill took third place in tournament play on December 4-5 in the Rusk, Texas. Lakehill was the only Private School entry in the six-team tournament which included Rusk and Mexia, both top ten UIL 3A teams. Joseph
Nall placed second in the three-point contest and was selected, along with John Godbey, for the All-Tournament Team.
New Lakehill Spirit SignsThe Lakehill Spirit Shop recently unveiled new Spirit Signs. Spirit signs can be ordered by using the order form or directly online here. A stake with a Lakehill school topper is $25. Additional icons, including a variety of sports, clubs, and honor societies can be added for $20 each. Visit www.lonestaryardart.net for more information.
View the complete Athletic Calendar here.
Choir Concert, 7:00pm
Get more information here.
December 12Get more information here.
Second Saturday Shoreline Spruce-Up, 9:00 - 11:00am
Upper School Choir Performs at NorthPark, 2:00pm
Lower School Winter Program, 7:00pm
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Elementary Choir Performs at NorthPark, 10:00am
December 16, 17, 18
Middle and Upper School Exams
View exam schedule here.
K - 6th Dismiss for Holiday
December 21 - January 1