By Betty Vanderwielen

Ovando students get back into the Holiday spirit


January 20, 2022

Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder

Before the play, the students, directed by music teacher Matthew Nord, sang Christmas carols and played instruments. Pictured back (L-R): Kyle deRonnebeck , Land Neudecker and Maggie Applegate. Front (L-R): Abbie Applegate, Mabel Hessler, William Applegate and Chloe Sharp.

OVANDO – Though COVID canceled Ovando School's Dec. 16 play, on Jan. 12 the Ovando community put their holiday spirit back on and gathered to enjoy the students' performance of "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus."

Based on the book of the same name by L. Frank Baum (author of "The Wizard of Oz") and converted into play form by R. Eugene Jackson, the script was an ambitious production for the small student body. Many of the students played two and some even three different roles, necessitating a number of costume changes between scenes.

The story related how Claus, an orphaned human b...

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