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Ardenne Christmas Pageant, Tree Lighting set for tomorrow

Published:Thursday | December 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney
Preparations are in high gear for the annual Ardenne Christmas Pageant, tree lighting and fireworks taking place on the school's campus, tomorrow.

The 17th annual Ardenne High School Christmas Pageant, Tree Lighting and Fireworks will take place on the school campus on Ardenne Road, tomorrow at 5 p.m.

The annual Christmas pageant is a creative and explosive contemporary Jamaican interpretation of the Christmas message through music, speech, song and dance. The production will feature all the performing arts groups at the school from across all grades, from grades 7 to 13. The school's music club, drama club, dance club, four drumming groups, as well as a number of past students, will all be showcased in the annual pre-holiday extravaganza. The Ardenne students, who are the 2015 winners of the National Marcus Garvey Award for top school in the performing arts will make an appearance too.

This year's theme is 'A White Christmas'. In the production, due to the effect of climate change, it snows in Jamaica for the first time. This cataclysmic natural occurrence makes a powerful and jolting social commentary on how poorly we are taking care of the environment in Jamaica. Other elements of the production explore the Virgin Mary story, one's trust in God, and creating ways to cope with difficult and harsh situations.

The production is executive produced by Marsha Lawrence Davids, Ardenne's co-curricular coordinator, assisted by Suzanne Beadle, drama teacher, Christopher Tomlinson, head of the Performing & Visual Arts Department; and Cannigia Palmer, music teacher. The script was written by Suzanne Beadle and Jadon-John Barton Williams, a student. Choreographers are Kareen McLean and Orette Beckford, dance coaches.

Immediately after the pageant, the Christmas tree lights will be turned on and the fireworks will take place on the front lawn. Permission has been granted by various agencies to stage the fireworks, and medical personnel will be on hand in the unlikely event of an emergency. Proceeds from the show will go towards supporting Ardenne's co-curricular activities.

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