A Wonderful Christmas Concert

Travis Rogers, Jr.

A Wonderful Christmas Concert

2 mins
December 14, 2021

Everybody loves elementary school Christmas programs with the little ones waving to their parents and grandparents, the nervous tugging at dresses and sweaters, and the petrified looks at the sea of audience members. What we not-so-often get to enjoy is the pure enjoyment of the music. Until this year.

Ms. Tammy Barth, the music director at Owen-Withee Schools, has given the community a night of truly uplifting, even enjoyable, music with Christmas songs and carols. In fact, it is the first one in three years.

This followed on the heels of a magnificent performance of 4K through 5th grade in the O-W Elementary School.

The Goerlitz duo led the 4K group in Snowflakes, A Chubby Little Snowman, Away in a Manger, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas and more. The children’s emphatic uppercut of their arms when pronouncing wish was worth the price of admission.

Ms. Barth took over the direction of the older grades and led the 2nd-3rd graders in Jingle Bell Jukebox, Rudolph, Mele Kalikimaka, and Welcome Christmas. The 4th-5th grade chorusters offered up a riotously funny Everlasting Fruitcake, Ugly Sweater with half of the chorus hating the ugly sweater and the other half loving the sweater. They ended with Percy, the Puny Poinsettia.

The Kindergartners and 1st graders joined together for I Want to Be an Elf with the infectious line, I want to be an elf, I can’t help myself. Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Must Be Santa, Mittens and Gloves and Let’s Build a Gingerbread House.

Ms. Barth got the program completed in just under an hour. And she accomplished this by recruiting (maybe conscripting) the high school choir group with their expertise in stage management and support.

Because of that, the children were shuttled on and off the stage with apparent ease. Plus, the high-schoolers were so very encouraging to the smaller students. As I stood in the wings, I could see some of the older ones singing along and making big smiles to the younger ones to remind them to smile and to have fun.

With the combination of talent from the high school students, the elementary school performers, the teachers who helped keep things orderly in the stands, and Ms. Barth herself, the evening was an overwhelming success.

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Travis Rogers, Jr.

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