I have been to Matthews Christmas play at school. I must admit, this is the first one I have been to of both my boys school plays. But I was seriously impressed. In this play Matthew had a major part, we new he had a talking part, but we didn't know he had two solos to sing.
Matthew is on the left.
The climax of the play is when the little boy (Matthew) is asked to give his present to the baby Jesus, which turns out to be a kiss. Matthew, at this point, stood behind the manger bolt upright and put his head into the manger as if he was bobbing for apples on Bon Fire Night.
Of course, everyone burst out laughing. (That's my boy)
For pictures of Pete, Mary and Rosies baby see below:
The wise men enter from the back of the hall chasing the star (Rosie) around the hall. They are wearing curtains and cardboard crowns. They sing a Wise man song (obviously in a minor key). Just before they reach the stable and manger, they catch up with the star (Rosie) and she manages to knock off the first Wisemans crown and poke him in the eye with the star.
They meet the Inn Keeper who invites them to see the baby Jesus (Katie) in song. The Wisemen accept the invitation and move onto the stage or stable, behind the star.
Wisemen 2 (Dave M): I bring you Gold! [delivered like Charlton Heston bringing the ten commandments down from the mountain]
Mary (Rachel): Thank you very much [as if thanking someone for passing the sugar]
Wiseman 2 (Dave S): I bring you Frankinsense! [delivered with awe and reverence]
Mary (Rachel): Thank you very much [delivered yesterday when I was at Asda and I had interrupted the girl at the till with my money when she was having a conversation with her colleague]
Wiseman 3 (Steve): I bring you Myrrh! [delivered with awe and reverence]
Mary (Rachel) Thank you very much [I don't know what I am going to use Myrrh for?]
Great day, hundreds of people there, play was fabulous, everybody did a great job. (By the way I exaggerate above, but Rosie did knock off the wise mans hat and poke him in the eye)
I plan to take photos of "tastefully" christmas decorated houses and post them on this blog for comment. If anybody sees any local ones that should be published let me know and I will try and get them on.
Thanks Will for the idea. We are practising for our Christmas play which is to be performed on Sunday at our Civic Carol Concert. I must point out that we do not have all the following elements in our production, but we have a few. Christmas plays must have some of the following elements: 1. an orchestra that play too loud (from the singers percpective) 2. singers that don't sing loud enough (from the orchestra percpective) 3. a little boy or girl who will steal the show 4. adults who don't know their words, or will make them up on the "night" 5. custumes made from curtains or table cloths 6. it will end in tears (usually the director) 7. microphones that don't work 8. or actors that don't hold the microphone near enough to their mouth for it to work 9. the performance will have some long pauses while something is supposed to happen 10. like child birth, we will forget all the heartache and pain and in a few months be thinking about the one for next year 11. a small one at the front of the stage staring at the audience 12. all the small girls want to be angels 13. all the small boys want to be shepherds, not Joseph because you need to hold Marys hand 14. one of the children waves to their parents, thus shattering the illusion that they are in a stable in Palestine 2000 years ago. (harsh I know, but true)
The start of Christmas carolling. Two bands, (SA Bands) one in Kirkby and one in Ormskirk. Its always a worry that people know where to go and when to be there. But its seems everything worked out OK. Only three more Saturdays and three more Thursdays to go.
We got home and we remembered we had booked Matthew into a party in the Gym at 2 o'clock. So I dashed out with my stuff and went to the Gym.
I got home between 4 and 5 and fell straight to sleep.