|Elves, snowmen and a little rock-n-roll|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Amid all the holiday festivities taking place this month, elementary students, family and friends got all wrapped up in the annual Christmas program Tuesday night, Dec. 7 at the HHS auditorium.
Kindergarten, second grade and fourth grade students, under the direction of Marcia Dalton, presented “A Season of Song.”
After giving their parents a wave from the stage, kindergartners kicked off the show with “We are the Stars.” Decked out in their colorful polka-dotted penguin costumes, they sang “The Penguin Polka” followed by “Gingerbread Cookies.”
Kindergartners Tamara Penzing, Isaiah Rahe, Jimena Nuñez (in back),
“Snowmen” was performed by the kindergarten boys while the girls sang “Snowflakes.” Students took turns with the mic to recite their very impressive “The Christmas ABCs” poem.
Kindergartners finished up their portion of the program with the crowd favorite “Jingle Bells” including variations like a March, a Waltz, the Cha-Cha, Cowboy style, Indian style and Boogie Woogie. Accompanist for the kindergartners was Jane Encinias.
Next the second grade hit the stage with “Santa Is My Buddy” with narrators Ethan Andersen, Angel Martinez Leon, Michael Pell, Rylan Worley, Aaron Sierra, Nayely Banuelos, Sebastian Cazares, Aaron Dominguez, Eduardo Quintana, Ximena Chavez, Riley Ferguson, Erick Marroquin and Chloie Metzger.
Second graders sang “La Navidad” with soloist Christian Inerarity.
“Choc’late In My Stocking” featured Hersheys candy bars with lucky audience members even getting a sample of the delicious treat from chocolate delivery kids Fantasia Ruybal, Yeidy Mendoza Gonzalez, Erick Marroquin, Eduardo Quintana, Austin Durbin and Chloie Metzger.
Second graders provide some jingle bell accompaniment to their song “Listen To The
Special group one members were Emali Torres, Alec Sprague, Yoletzi Loya and Perla Olivas; group two, Angela Almeida, Jesse Vasa, Isaiah Houghtelling and Nadia Monreal Santiesteban; group three, Wilson Mayfield, Yovana Iniguez, Demiah Hernandez and Alejandro Rojas; and group four, Andrew Rafols, Tate Dille, Rylee Schneller and Loren Jo Oberle.
For the song “Chime In,” the second graders were accompanied by bell ringers Marcia Dalton, Scott Dille, Brian DeBoer and Trevor Dalton while HHS senior Kaylee Groshans served as the special guest conductor.
Other vocal numbers included “Listen To The Jingles,” “The Rhythm of the Season” and “Do You Hear” with Groshans as soloist and special group members Yeidi Juarez, Emily Anderson, Briana Shipp Weekley, Alicia Astorga, Blanca Martinez, Alondra Bencomo Marquez, Jacqui Gonzalez, Serina Almeida, Llaneli Barajas Duran, Isavell Floripe, Getsemani Hinojoza, Jillian Warren, Ashley Rahe, Haley Van Overbeke, Taylor Trumper and Giselle Prieto.
Audience members got a special treat when second grader Tate Dille played the instrumental solo “Silent Night” on his violin. Classmate Ashley Rahe then played a piano duet “Song of Joy” with her grandma Diane Rahe.
Second grader Tate Dille impresses the audience
It wouldn’t quite be Christmas without a performance by Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves, reindeer and...Elfis? Yes, the wildly popular Elfis and his Sleighriders took the stage for the fourth grade Christmas play Tuesday night.
The fourth grade chorus and Elfis, played by Jakob Knutson, stole the show with “Uh-Huh-Huh.”
Elfettes, complete with red and green poodle skirts, were played by Brenna Sullivan as Mariah, Kyra Loutensock as Celine, Savannah Burris as Aretha and Andrea Becerra as Christina. They joined the chorus for the musical number “Everybody’s Goin’ On a Sleigh Ride.”
Joining Elfis and the Elfettes were the very cool, very hip Elftones band members Zach Overton as Stanley, Corben McCallum as Bix, Cash Adler as Jerry Lee and Cole LeBlanc as Kenny G.
“So Sad At Santa’s Pad” featured the chorus; narrators Zander Salyers, Emma Roll, Sloane Bishop, Gabi Gordon, Kaylee Camblin, Paola Ruiz and Reghan Worley; and special group members Gabi Gordon, Paola Ruiz, Jaydy Dominguez, Rebekkah St. Martin, Kaylee Camblin and Jaromi Olivas.
Elfis, played by Jakob Knutson, makes an appearance
Santa and Mrs. Claus, played by Keegan Shaw and Ashlyn Churchwell, joined Elfis and the chorus for “Are You Lonely and Blue.”
The chorus and the Elfettes concluded the show with the toe-tapping “North Pole Rock and Roll.”
Fourth grade reindeer included Reghan Worley, Jaromi Olivas, Gabi Gordon, Dylan Miles, Jaydy Dominguez, Paola Ruiz, Jesus Trejo Arvizo, Erick Garcia Hernandez and Rebekkah St. Martin.
Elves were played by Trent Huffman, Kaylee Camblin, Sloane Bishop, Zander Salyers, Emma Roll, Maura Castillo, Maritza Quintana, Karime Castillo, Olivia Floripe, Jerrid Reitz, Manuel Rodriguez, Maegan Hamberger, Noah King, Danny Vernon, Emilianis Almarales and Alex Vieselmeyer.
Can you hand jive? Elfette Christina, played by Andrea Becerra, throws in some of