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Gina Strickland/HCAHarrells Christian Academy K-5 students perform an 'Out of the Box Christmas' for family and friends Sunday night, a now annual event enjoyed by all those who attend, school offiicials say.
Gina Strickland/HCAHarrells Christian Academy K-5 students perform an 'Out of the Box Christmas' for family and friends Sunday night, a now annual event enjoyed by all those who attend, school offiicials say.
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It was an “All Out-of-the-Box Christmas” on Sunday, Dec. 8, as Harrells Christian Academy lower school students performed for a full house of families and friends.


Under the direction of music teacher Margo Bowker, kindergarten through fifth grade students shared a spectacular Christmas musical that told the story of a church group rehearsing for their Christmas pageant. The characters were so excited when their huge box of costumes arrived just in time for dress rehearsal. However, when they opened the box, they were shocked to find costumes of super heroes, pirates, cowboys, and cheerleaders instead of the angels, wise men and shepherds they were expecting.


The stressed out director, played by fifth grader Olivia Toler, almost lost her mind when her cast members came to dress rehearsal in the wrong costumes. She announced that the show must be cancelled. However, after a lot of singing and sharing of the Christmas story, the cast members eventually convinced their director to go ahead with the show. They made the director realize that it’s not what you wear, but what you share when telling the Christmas story.


The lower school Christmas program is an annual event that many look forward to each year and count on to get them in the Christmas spirit. This year’s magical performance did a great job of putting the audience in just the right mood for celebrating the birth of Christ.


Students in lower school delivered a second performance on the following Tuesday morning to some very special guests. Preschoolers from surrounding counties came to HCA to watch the Christmas program. At the end of the performance the preschool children were invited to go on stage and meet all the characters. HCA students had a lot of fun performing for the preschool group.


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