Valley families enjoyed the Christmas treat of the season last week as they trekked to Cedaredge Elementary four times to hear students present programs of holiday music under the direction of music instructor Andrea Kallsen.
The audiences filled the gym to capacity for performances by the combined fourth and fifth grades, the combined second and third grades, by the first graders, and by the kindergarten class.
The fourth and fifth graders gave a musical performance on Tuesday, Dec. 13, of "Santa's Play List" by John Jacobson and Roger Emerson. In it, Santa sadly discovers that his collection of favorite Christmas songs on old vinyl discs has become unusable.
With guidance from Mrs. Claus, Santa sets about trying to replace his treasured music with playlists on more updated formats: iPod and MP3.
But the new technology just doesn't offer the same, good old music that Santa has always loved. That is until Mrs. Claus comes through with the solution: Santa's favorite oldie goldies songs on the new technology formats.
The following evening, Wednesday, Dec. 14, the second and third graders presented their family members a musical with a message. In "The Grumps of Ring-a-Ding Town," a community finds itself out of the holiday spirit due to the hard times that had befallen. Everyone has been cast by circumstance into a grumpy mood.
But when a "Snowmageddon" disaster storm of the century strikes, the grumps of Ring-A-Ding Town come to realize they all need each other. They begin working together to overcome misfortune. Their efforts lead to a new understanding of how important is "the sound of your heart" in the community life, and the holiday bells begin ringing once again.
On Thursday evening there were two performances. The first grade classes presented their musical "Christmas on Candy Cane Lane" including eight holiday songs. Following that performance the kindergartners gave their musical ensemble, "A Bugzy Christmas" with six numbers sung by members of the youngest choir group in the school.