There was great excitement on the Old Road last week as the pupils of St John the Baptist Boys National School, Cashel, Tipperary, took to the stage to present their Christmas Show. The show started with the pupils from Junior and Senior Infants. Their theme was “Christmas Joy”. each letter of the theme signified an element of what Christmas meant to the boys.
They performed songs such as “Tapping Away, poems as gaeilge and english as well as an array of dances. First, Second and Third classes were next on stage with “The Donkey Seller”. This was a tale about the Donkey Seller and his donkeys who were very bored! No one passed their way and the Donkey Seller could not make a living. Everything changed when travellers began to pass by on their journey to bethlehem, all needing a donkey! Eventually the Donkey Seller and all his donkeys found their way to a stable in Bethlehem and were amazed at how much their lives had changed.
Finally, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth classes performed “Will Santa get shot down?’. This play is set in World war II, London. Geoff, played brilliantly by Ciaran Ryan, and his family are all at home on Christmas Eve 1940 when the unthinkable happens and an air raid siren sounds before Santa can visit.
230 boys took to the stage for three performances and wowed audiences with their musical and dramatic talents. A lot of hard work and preparation went into the shows and all class teachers are to be commended for their hard work. The school has been a hive of activity painting backdrops, selling tickets, collecting spot prizes, making costumes and learning lines and songs. All came to fruition last week and all the staff at St John the Baptist Boys School were very proud of the boys. Here’s hoping that Santa finds his way to all of them on December 24th!