Van-Far Elementary students entertained Vandalia area families last week with three Winter Concerts.
The final performance of the week came on Thursday, December 8 as students in 4th-6th grades performed “A Dickens of a Christmas.”
The main cast of characters included Walker Franke (Ebenezer Scrooge), Colten Jensen (Bob Cratchit), Landan Trone (Fred), Koby Uhey (Jacob Marley), Kinley Elzea (Ghost of Christmas Past), Parker Wallace (Fezziwig), Morgan McDowell (Mrs. Cratchitt), Daylan Chandler (Tiny Tim), Trey Atkinson (Ghost of Christmas Present), Alex Connaway (Sarah), and Lizzy Marshall (Ghost of Christmas Future). The 6th grade band also performed.
A large chorus performed a musical sequence of songs that included “A Dickens of a Christmas,” “Bah! Humbug!,” “Was It a Dream?,” “And the Clock Struck One,” “Mister and MIssus Fezziwig,” “God Bless Us, Every One,” “English Carol Medley,” “I will honor Christmas in my heart,” and the “Finale.”
Two nights earlier, 1st grade students performed “The Little Bell That Could Not Ring.”
The main cast included Cody James (Santa Claus), Kayden McMillen (Bell Ringer), Drake Woodson (Papa Bell), Mara Jensen (Mama Bell), and Ava Garnett (Little Bell).
The Bell Choir sang “Ring the Merry Bells,” “Drown Her Out!,” “Alleluia!,” “Christmas is Love,” and “It’s Christmas.”
On the same night, the Kindergarten Class presented “The Cactus Christmas Tree.”
On Tuesday night, Van-Far Elementary’s 2nd and 3rd graders participated in “The Polar Express” under the direction of narrator/conductor Brian Hummel and Kay Bunge.
Songs performed include “The Polar Express,” “Hot Chocolate,” “Winter Wonderland,” “When Christmas Comes to Town,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “It’s the Spirit of the Season,” a reprise of “The Polar Express,” and “Believe.”