November 5, 2013
"Angel Alert" Performance November 25
Have you ever wondered what it was like for the heavenly host when Jesus was born?
Prince Avenue Christian School’s own host of fourth- and fifth-grade angels are banding together to shed light on a possible answer to this question in Celeste Clydesdale’s Angel Alert! on November 25 in the Prince Avenue Baptist Church Worship Center. The 7:00 pm performance is free and open to the public.
Angel Alert! is a fictional work which portrays the Nativity story from the angels’ perspective and provides a unique opportunity for the students to learn more about the birth of Jesus. The story features two lead angels, Michael and Gabriel (played by fifth graders Carter Zittrouer and Tori Cameron), who guide the other angels in protecting events to ensure that the Son of God can be born. Meanwhile, two mischievous angels, Harpo and Halo (fifth graders Emily Hinson and Anna Hardwick), play key roles in the outcome of a battle to help the wise men see the baby.
Musical Director Sharon Carter has been rehearsing with the members of Little Prince Players—PACS’ elementary drama club—on Thursday afternoons since the third week of the school, and said the cast has been working very hard to memorize their lines and be prepared for rehearsal each week. With 35 members in Little Prince Players this fall, however, Carter said the sheer size of the group has been the biggest challenge, though it’s not one that has held the production back in any way.
In addition to Thursday afternoon rehearsals with Carter, all students in grades one through five have been learning the songs for the production in their weekly music classes with lower school music teacher Larry Boling.
Carter, who has worked with the elementary drama students for three years, emphasized the amount of work it takes to be an actor or actress, saying that while acting is fun, if the actors don’t work hard they feel lost onstage.
“I love teaching the Little Prince Players because there is a diverse group of students,” Carter said. “Some have been performing on stage most of their lives and some have never done anything like this. It’s fun to see both the advanced actors and actresses and the novice actors and actresses learn something else about acting and then apply it.”