4-8 Christmas Concert

A photo from the Nativity scene of the 4-8 Christmas concert


0029 On Thursday, December 19, 2013, the grade 4-8 students of IHMS entertained an appreciative audience with their performance of a musical play entitled “Christmas in the Country”



This concert, like the K-3 concert from the previous day, was performed twice that day:

  1. A matinee performance at 1:30 p.m.
  2. An evening performance at 7:00 p.m.


Russell C. and Mary M. were the MC’s for the concert


The 1:30 p.m. matinee performance was the first time that the students performed in full costume, and the first time that they performed in front of a live audience. The entire process was repeated at 7:00 that evening. colored masks v4.html







Since most parents work during the day, the evening performance is always busier and more crowded than the afternoon performance. But the afternoon performance can also get quite busy with parents who work evenings or have prior commitments. In addition, the afternoon performance is a great opportunity for friends and relatives to attend a concert that is less crowded but otherwise identical to the evening show.


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Both concerts took place in the school gymnasium, which had been set up with a large stage, bleachers, and professional lighting and sound equipment. In addition, the evening concert was professionally recorded and will be available for purchase on DVD through the school office at a later date.






CinCcover9 “Christmas in the Country” is the story about Christmastime in an imaginary place called Custard County, where all is not calm, it’s … chaos! Snooty cousin Thomas is coming from the city to visit and that doesn’t “set” too well with cousin Rachel, who is a bit tired of hearing about life in the big city from him. The church Christmas pageant is in trouble as well and nothing short of a miracle can bring harmony to Custard County this year. The message of Christmas and the power of prayer is presented through country-flavored songs and entertaining dialog.




Cast of Characters


Thomas Gabriel K.
Grandma Gillian M.
Rachel Mylana S.
Katie Mary M.
Angel Sally Marysa F.
Angel Annie Taylor D.
Sheep Maria Tianna W.
Sheep Becky Julianna C.
Sheep Jolene Viktoriya S.
King Hank Gabriele P.
King Bart Nykola S.
King Billy Joshua T.
Shepherd Bobby ……….. Stepan P.
Shepherd Bob Hunter T.
Mary Jennifer K.
Joseph Russell C.
The Band Yaroslav P.
  James L.
  Adriana S.
  Anne V.




“Christmas in the Country” was a tremendous success and seemed to be enjoyed by everyone in attendance. The story was very entertaining, and had a great message about the true meaning of Christmas. The beautiful props and costumes added to the appeal of the play, and the lively songs put everyone in the Christmas spirit!


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The concert would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the teachers and staff of IHMS. Every staff member contributed to the success of either this concert, or the K-3 concert from the previous evening.  In addition, props, sound, and stage lighting were managed by junior-high students under the supervision of an IHMS teacher.


Examples of some of the props and costumes created for the concert


Finally, a special note of thanks to Mrs. Stanowych (who coordinated and directed the entire concert) and Mrs. Walkow who sacrificed many hours practising with the students and perfecting the script. It was because of their commitment that the concert was such a great success!



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lights_rotate w4 Professionally filmed DVD’s of “Christmas in the Country” will be available for purchase through the school office.