[The entire school took part in this year's Christmas Pageant. This is a big production performed in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2012. We have here a few pictures of the performance to illustrate a student's essay, written 12-20-2012.]
Participating in the Christmas pageant is a wonderful experience for three reasons. First, the school play brings the school together. Second, it is a joyful embodiment of the most important December in the history of the earth. Third, the pageant teaches students discipline.
Bringing the school together is a vital part of the academic year at IHM. We are all required to sing and act in this display of our school’s talent during the pageant This year, we had a very strong group of vocalists providing background music. Coming together musically is a skill only developed if the students all work together. Acting requires the same group effort if the desired result is to be a contemplative experience.
Our pageant is a Scripture-based short play that is truly joyful and glorious. What better way to portray the events preceding the birth of Christ than using cute little angels and heavenly hymns of praise? The climax of the play is the Nativity scene, which requires much planning and practice. This is a still-shot of all the beings present at the beginning of Our Lord’s life, painting a beautiful picture of pure joy and honor to Christ.
Participating in the Christmas pageant takes discipline. For example, you must discipline yourself not to fool around during rehearsals.
Another example would be not moving while you are having glue and a fake beard applied to your face. My most difficult problem was disciplining myself not to laugh on stage, for that would ruin my character entirely.
In conclusion, being in the Christmas Pageant is a wonderful experience. First, it brings the school together. Second, it is a glorious and positive reproduction of the story of Jesus’s birth. Lastly, it teachers the students discipline.