posted Jan 24, 2015, 6:08 PM by St. Nicholas Church School Ann Arbor Michigan
updated Jan 24, 2015, 6:10 PM
It is time to get ready for the 2013 St. Nicholas parish
Christmas Pageant! Our pageant will be very special this year as it is so close
to the actual celebration of the Nativity!
Here are the main things that every Church School
family should know:
Church School Christmas Pageant will take place on Sunday December 22, 2013,
in Church, right after the Divine Liturgy.
2013 coordinators for “A Night in Bethlehem”
are Julie P. Skrettas (email@example.com)
and Deno Prokos (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- All Church School students will participate.
Please see below for more details.
can help with the children's costumes. Details appear below.
- The coffee hour right after
the pageant is sponsored by the Church
School families. The
coordinator for the coffee hour is Mrs. Stasi Webber (email@example.com) with the help of
Ms. Nia Roumanis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
can also help with the coffee hour by bringing specific food items and volunteering for needed tasks
(setup, decorations, cleanup, etc.)
- To sign up and help with the coffee hour please click the link below
Roles and Costumes
children will dress as sheep, donkeys, cows, or camels.
in Grades K-3 will dress as shepherds or angels.
roles will be performed by children in Grades 4-5. The special roles are:
Archangel Gabriel, Mary, Joseph, 3 Wise Men, 3 Inn-Keepers, and the Star
of Bethlehem. Mary, Gabriel and the 3 Inn Keepers need to memorize a few lines.
(Please see below on how to volunteer for the special roles.)
will be student volunteers from Grades 8-12.
remaining students in Grades 4-12 will be singers. You will receive an
e-mail with links for the songs that will be performed by the students.
costumes will be worn by all Preschool students, all students in Grades
K-3, and the students with special roles in Grades 4-5.
other students in Grades 4-12 should wear white shirts or blouses and
navy blue pants or skirts.
Special roles will be performed by students in Grades 4-5
and they include the Archangel Gabriel, Mary, Joseph, 3 Wise Men, 3 Inn-Keepers,
and the Star of Bethlehem.
children in Grades 4-5 who are present at the start of Church School
on Sunday, November 24th will be eligible to volunteer for
selection process will be described to the students, each role will be
announced, and students will be asked to volunteer for that role. (Parents
who would like their children to volunteer should encourage them to do so.)
more than one child volunteers, then a selection will be made through
process will continue until all roles are assigned.
allow more children to participate, every effort will be made to assign
roles to children who have not performed the same role in past years.
Costumes — Costume Manager — Parent Helpers
Ioanna Ioannou will serve as Costume Manager.
- All parents
of students in Grades P-5 should please volunteer to help (see below).
costumes for the Christmas Pageant stay at church, labeled with child’s
will be no rehearsals in costume.
your children are instrumentalists and would like to play solo a Christmas carol of their
choosing, please e-mail Julie Skrettas (email@example.com) or Deno
Musicians who are in 6th grade or older and have played
their instrument for at least one year are eligible.
Sunday Nov 24: Special Role Selection
at start of Church
School class time
roles will be assigned to students in Grades 4-5 as described above.
Sunday Dec 8: Special
Roles Only — Short Rehearsal in Church.
after the church is cleared, only students with special roles will
meet to block out their parts and read their scripts off the paper. Although not required, it would be nice if
students could memorize their scripts by this point. This rehearsal will take place during
coffee hour and may run slightly over by about half an hour. No costumes.
- Church School teachers will use some class
time to practice Christmas carols.
Manager (Mrs. Ioannou) and parent helpers from K-5 start assigning
costumes to the rest of the roles on this day. Costumes stay at church labeled with
Sunday Dec 15:
All Pageant Participants — General
Rehearsal in Church
church is cleared at the end of services all children participating in
the pageant will take part in a general rehearsal. No costumes will be
- Church School teachers will provide a
non-sugary snack to their class so children will not be hungry during
practice. Please let your child's teacher know of any food allergies.
children to be busy rehearsing after church until 1:15.
to that, the Costume Manager
and parent helpers from K-5 continue assigning costumes to the rest
of the children. Costumes stay at church labeled with children's names.
student not assigned a costume by the end of coffee hour on December 15,
should wear the blue and white attire described above and participate as
Sunday Dec 22: “A Night in Bethlehem” Pageant
- In Church right after the
your camcorder and camera batteries charged and get ready to shoot!
How You Can Help
- Be a K-5
Parent Helper and assist the
Costume Manager (Mrs. Ioanna Ioannou, firstname.lastname@example.org)
assign costumes on Dec 8 and Dec 15.
It would help if someone took charge of remembering about 6 sharpie
markers and some index cards and some scotch tape on the day of costume
- On the day of the pageant, Dec 22,
help get K-5 children into costumes
in class. We need help getting children ready before the pageant
and with costume return after the pageant. A few parents from each class are needed
to make everything run smoothly and get the costumes back on the
hangers. Help is needed to carry
costumes upstairs to the storage cabinet and put the clothing rack away. To
volunteer please email Mrs. Ioannou (email@example.com).
are looking forward to a wonderful experience for all!