Little angels restlessly adjusted their halos backstage in the FAB before last Wednesday morning’s performance of the 2012 Kindergarten Nativity. A few high-spirited “fallen angels” endured a brief timeout before the show began, and assorted donkeys, shepherds, doves, cows, choral readers and sheep clowned around for anyone with a camera.
But when the curtain went up, 59 kindergartners performed their roles passionately and with impressive precision, a tribute to longtime pageant director Karen Hutto, a Lewis Primary School art teacher. The young students were also supported by music teacher Millie Tucker, more than 15 other teachers, and some 20 parents.
This year’s show was dedicated to Associate Headmaster Rick Betts “with appreciation and gratitude for his support of the Lewis Primary School and in recognition of his fifteen years of service to the Holy Innocents’ family,” the program said. Betts will leave Holy Innocents’ at the end of this school year to take the Head of School position at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Day School.
“He has always been a great supporter of the Primary School, both as an administrator and also as a parent, and his peaceful demeanor and love of all children stand as perfect examples of what the Nativity is all about,” said Principal Greg Kaiser.
Betts called it an incredible honor to have the pageant dedicated to him this year. “The Kindergarten Nativity is one of our most precious and sacred annual traditions, and I am extremely touched and emotionally moved. Of all them many events and traditions at HIES, the Nativity is one of my favorites and I will miss having it as part of my Christmas celebrations in the future. Unless of course, they ask me to make a guest appearance as the ‘very gruff’ Innkeeper!”
Wednesday’s Kindergarten Nativity Pageant was one of many holiday offerings this season showcasing talented Holy Innocents’ students, including Lessons & Carols, and band/orchestra/choral concerts.