2014 had a special surprise for me that ended up being a wonderful blessing! This past summer, the administrator of our town’s Christian school contacted me about helping out at the school with music. I met with her, and told her that it is definitely my desire to do that in the future. With my current homeschooling responsibilities, though, I wasn’t sure how well it would fit in with all of the other things I already have going. We discussed several options, and settled on that I would help direct the school’s Christmas program. I thought it would give me a chance to get to know the school and its students more, and it would just be a new adventure to try.
So, the first step was choosing the programs. For the preschool and kindergarten, we decided to work on a short, simple program written just for that age called My Best-est Friend by Bette Dale Moore. (We changed the name to “My Best Friend.”) For grades 1-6 we chose David’s Dynasty produced by Brentwood Kids Music. I did a lot of editing/adapting on both of these shows before beginning to meet with the kids in October. I just decided that it was good to fit the scripts specifically to this school, and it was worth all of the pre-work in the end. I also worked on recording rehearsal cd’s since I figured it would be easier to run a cd player while I taught rather than try to play the piano and lead the class.
October arrived, and with it the real fun began! I met all of the wonderful kids and had lots of fun getting acquainted with them and helping them get acquainted with the shows. Figuring out casting and solos was quite a challenge because I wanted everyone who wanted a part to have a part. We learned songs, ran lines, and, as we had time, we worked on some general music education type activities that the kids enjoyed.
Eventually, of course, there was staging, costuming, lights, sound, etc. to figure out–and I must admit, we kind of learned as we went. I told the kids all along, though, that “we do the best we can, and that’s all we can do. God takes care of the rest,” and that really proved to be true. They did their best, I did my best, and God was faithful in pulling the people and details together to make the show a success. There were ups and downs, good moments and not-so-good, but through it all it was just amazing to see how God worked. I kept saying that I wasn’t worried because God had started this thing and I knew He would see it through to the end– and that certainly was the case.
The week of the show had a big obstacle to overcome: illness. The kids in the school started passing around a nasty respiratory flu type bug, and there were days that many, many kids missed school. I also got the illness, but I had no choice but to press on! :) Even the day of the show, I had kids call in sick, but I really wasn’t worried. I knew God would take care of it. Yes, we were missing key people in the performance. Yes, Kara sang a solo and said lines that she had never done before for the actual performance. But it all went very well, thanks to the blessing and support of our Lord.
For me personally, doing this program was a growing experience in many, many ways. I think the thing that I will always remember about it is the wonderful kids. I can honestly say that not once–not once–did they give me any trouble. They were always enthusiastically doing their best. Their happy faces brought me many joyful memories, and I love them all. The faculty at the school was great as well. It’s not easy to keep going with limited time and resources, but they were always right there to help out as they could. Those are things that did not end when we finished the show. I will forever hold Heartland Christian School close to my heart.
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