Annual Christmas pageant staged by OLOAA students
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Wise men in the Our Lady of the Angels Academy Christmas pageant in Lansford are are, l-r, Hunter Nause, Michael McLaughlin, Anthony Collevechio, and Barry Fulton.
A rather unique, and enjoyable, version of Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus was presented by Our Lady of the Angels Academy students in Lansford.
The pageant, "Lullaby at the Stable," was staged before a full house at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church in Lansford.
The students were dressed as angels, shepherds, sheep, mice, and even sheepdogs in the delightful performance that included narration, songs, and even some humor. At one point, one of the sheep goes astray and a sheepdog must pursue it. Another time, baby Jesus tries to grab the tail of one of the sheep dogs.
The lead roles of Mary and Joseph were performed by Taylor Herlihy and Jordan Reis, respectively.
Angelic narrators were Allison Amodea, Zachary Gilbert, Courtney McCall, and Samantha McCarthy.
There were four wise men in the play. Having these roles were Anthony Collevechio, Barry Fulton, Michael McLaughlin, and Hunter Nause.
Shepherds were Tristan Blasko, Scott Faust, and Brayden Webb.
A highlight of the show is the gathering of the wise men and shepherds who sing "We Three Kings."
Numerous other Christmas carols are sung during the performance.The audience joined them for the singing of "Hark the Herald Angels Sing."
Emma Macaluso has a unique role of a striped kitten, who timidly asks if she may try to lull the Holy Child to sleep. The lions snicker, but the "kitten" succeeds.
One other individual role was Cassidy Ryan.
The pre-kindergarten students were the kittens.
Kindergarten students were mice.
First and second graders were bunnies, third grade youngsters were sheep, fourth graders were sheep dogs, and fifth grade students were regal lions.
Sixth grade boys were shepherds, sixth and seventh grade girls were angels, and seventh and eighth grade boys were wise men.