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'Twas the Night Before Christmas in Ovando


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Santa played by Isaac Morse comes to the rescue of the broken toys with his elves (L-R): Markie Weymouth, Claire Kelley, Matilda Hessler and Adelaide Cruz.

OVANDO – 'Twas the Night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a mouse. Except for the mouse named Izzy in the home of Clemet Moore.

Ovando and Sunset School joined together Dec. 21 for their annual play. Sixteen students played 26 different roles in the play 'Twas the Night Before Christmas adapted by Kathryn Schultz Miller from Clemet C. Moore's poem.

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Siblings Wilma, Clara and Bo (Alison Kilpatrick, Matilda Hessler & Kyle deRonnebeck) beg their mother to let them keep their pet mouse Izzy (Iris Swanberg).

The audience joined in singing "Deck the Halls" as Moore's children hung their stocking with care, in hopes that soon St. Nick would be there.

Then the attendees were taken on a journey to the North Pole where the plot of the Abominable Snowman and Louie the Elf tried to undermine Christmas. However, with the help of Rosie the red-nosed reindeer and Izzy the talking mouse, Santa and his reindeer saved the day.

The shenanigans were well documented in Moore's poem. Clement stayed up all night writing the poem and shared it with his family Christmas morning. Izzy the mouse returned from her adventure and was welcomed back home by the children and their mother.

Following the performance, Santa just happened to be in town and paid a visit to the Ovando School to see the children. He wished them a "Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night."


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