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The manager scene takes on a new look in “An Out-of-the-Box Christmas.” The cowboys are the wise men, the cheerleader are the angels and the pirates are the shepherds. Playing the roles, from left, are Quincy Burns, Maggie Barker, Kira Young, Eddie Reece, Ben Heckmann, Mason Loughlin, Claire Stewart, Matthew Mauer, Michael Wirth, Claire Jacobi, Samantha Borchart and Sam Gerard. (Hudson Star-Observer photos by Randy Hanson.)

St. Patrick School presents ‘An Out-of-the-Box Christmas’

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St. Patrick School presents ‘An Out-of-the-Box Christmas’
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This year’s second, third and fourth grade Christmas program at St. Patrick School was another crowd-pleaser.

The students presented “An Out-of-the-Box Christmas” by Celeste and David Clydesdale, a musical about a school that receives a shipment of the wrong costumes for its Christmas program.

Instead of getting robes, angels’ wings and halos, Mrs. Strictland’s students pull cowboy, cheerleader and pirate outfits out of the boxes when they arrive.

Mrs. Strictland (played by Genia Roth) despairs, but the students come up with the idea of telling the Christmas story in a new way. In the end, all is well.

The cast of characters was comprised of fourth-graders, while the second and third grades served as the chorus.

Music teacher Cheryl Forester directed with musical, with assistance from parent volunteers Jim and Kim Burns, Charlie and Kiki Roth, Melissa Dress, Tim Heckmann, Joe Madigan, Robyn Borchart, Megan Brendal, Alicia Naughton and Heidi Young.

These scenes are from the dress rehearsal last Thursday afternoon. The musical played to a full house in the school gymnasium that evening.

Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
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