|Elementary students are delightful in presenting their gift of song|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
From the kindergarten cha-cha through the second grade silly song and on to the fourth grade’s rock and roll North Pole, smiles were abundant in the Holyoke Elementary Christmas music program Monday evening, Dec. 8.
Under the direction of music instructor Marcia Dalton, the three grades of students clearly enjoyed entertaining, and the audience delighted in their presentation.
Kindergarten students charmed the viewers as they waved to family and friends as they took their positions on the risers.
The young students sang If You Can’t Wait for Christmas, Jolly, Jolly Santa, The New Little Baby Boy, Jingle Bell Variations and Christmas Makes Me Sing. Students were especially animated during the variations of Jingle Bells which included the plain song, march, waltz, cha-cha, cowboy, Indian and boogie woogie.
Second graders were well-rehearsed as soloists moved quickly to the microphones for their special part in the program.
Santa is my Buddy opened the second grade portion of the program. Soloists were Zander Salyers, Jesus Trejo-Arvizo, Brenna Sullivan, Emma Roll, Andrea Becerra, Kelyn Goldenstein, Trent Huffman, Savannah Burris, Kaylee Camblin, Rachel Guernsey, Zach Overton, Erick Garcia Hernandez, Rebekka St. Martin, Jaromi Olivas and Sloane Bishop.
With a green scarf or streamer in their right hands and a red one in their left, second graders had fun waving the colors in Red and Green/The Christmas Wish. Soloists were Keegan Shaw, Kyra Loutensock, Brenna Sullivan, Rachel Guernsey, Emma Roll and Erick Garcia Hernandez.
A Silly Holiday Song featured soloists Gabrielle Gordon, Rafael Morales, Maura Castillo, Cash Adler, Jordaine Lanckriet, Jonathan Sanchez-Hernandez, Genevieve Maldonado, Jaydy Dominguez, Keegan Shaw, Kyra Loutensock, Jakob Knutson, Alex Vieselmeyer, Ashlyn Churchwell, Reghan Archibeque, Corbin McCallum and Dalton McMurrin.
Savannah Burris, Andrea Becerra, Genevieve Maldonado and Ashlyn Churchwell were soloists in A Candle for Peace.
Cancion De La Navidad included soloists Jesus Trejo-Arvizo, Rebekkah St. Maritn, Jakob Knutson, Jaydy Dominguez, Jaromi Olivas, Gabrielle Gordon, Zach Overton, Jonathan Sanchez-Hernandez and Rafael Morales.
The North Pole Goes Rock and Roll by Janet Gardner was the short play performed by Holyoke fourth graders. The setting was the North Pole/Santa’s Toyshop.
Characters included Austin Herman as Santa Claus; Logan Osborne, Mrs. Claus; Brendan Mayden, The Claus; Megan Humphreys, Mrs. C.
Traditional elves were Kayla Watkins, Norman Mendoza, Alex Becerra, Mackenzie Thompson, Kaide Bules, Zach Churchwell, Jasmine Cazares, Mark Ramos, Dylon Lousberg, Tyler Camblin, Isidro Orona, Brian Beltran, Bryce Cornett, Erick Zink and Alyssa Dominguez.
’50s elves were Karla Hermosillo, Kacey Jaeger, Emily Krogmeier, Jaxie Gerk, Tristan Sullivan, Tara Krueger, Erin Pettigrew, Brook Prottsman, Monica Dominguez, Rosmery Turcios, Juana Penzing, Gunnar Kroeger, Sydney Goldenstein, Jack Smith, Peyton Flack, Morgan Philips and Hunter Razo.
Kaitlyn Shafer was the guide, and children included Taylar Denbo, Esmeralda Hernandez, Daniela Baeza, Matthew Winterrowd, Shelby Newhart and Emily Ledkins.
Chorus members were Spencer Bohlender, Katelyn Gerk, Oscar Hernandez, Edwin Cruz, José Prieto, Jezial Aguilar-Hernandez, Eddie Marroquin and Gissel Chavez.
Featured songs in the fourth grade play were I’m Just the Same Old Santa; Jingle Bells—’50s Rock Version; Santa’s Gone Hip; You’ve Got the Blahs, Mrs. Claus with soloists Juana Penzing, Brook Prottsman, Tristan Sullivan, Jack Smith, Hunter Razo, Tara Krueger, Emily Krogmeier and Karla Hermosillo; North Pole Rock and Roll with soloists Jaxie Gerk, Sydney Goldenstein and Erin Pettigrew; Who is He? with soloists Kaitlyn Shafer, Taylar Denbo, Wyatt McCallum, Esmeralda Hernandez and Shelby Newhart; and Everybody’s Goin’ on a Sleigh Ride.
The program concluded with the audience joining the fourth graders to sing We Wish You a Merry Christmas.