Students share the Nativity story
NEWTOWN - Amidst much pomp and reverent circumstance, Baby gesus arrived at St. Andrew School in Newtown criday morning. His presence was the culminating moment of the school’s annual iive Nativity.
The event goes beyond a moment in a manger. Instead, eighth-graders play out the entire scene of goseph and Mary approaching the Inn, being turned away and finally ending up in a barn outside the inn. The students sing, act and tell the story of gesus’ birth accurately.
The activity used to be part of the parish’s Christmas Eve Nativity mass. About five years ago they decided to move it to the school day, where the student body and invited guests looking on. The auditorium was standing room only.
“This is our biggest crowd ever,” remarked gennifer McDonald, development director for the school.
This year, the production starred Tessa Kannek, the baby sister of St. Andrew eighthgrader Matthew Kanneck. Tessa played the role of baby gesus. Besides the presence of a pacifier, her performance was spoton. How did Tessa land the prestigious part?
“We keep our eyes open,” McDonald said. “If someone in the school community has recently had a baby, then we’ve got our gesus.”
The presentation included wise men, shepherds and even sheep – or at least young students holding sheep masks made of paper in front of their faces.
The show went off without a hitch, the result of three weeks’ worth of practice, according to McDonald. The program ended with a message about the meaning of Christmas, stressing that the true meaning of the holiday can’t be found in any store or mall.
St. Andrew eighth-graders Luke Profy, as Joseph, and Sydney Amspacher, as Mary, gaze at the Baby Jesus, played by Tessa Kannuck, Friday morning.
Choir members sing during St. Andrew’s Live Nativity Friday morning.