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Open Door rejoices in season with special holiday program

Steven Blevins receives a great big hug from Santa Claus following the Open Door School Christmas Program Wednesday.

 

Gabby Abrams, her light brown hair falling onto her shoulders, kept her eyes focused on her teacher and music director, Kali Enix, waiting for her cue.

When it did come, Gabby let the two yellow bells in her hands ring out with the spirit of Christmas throughout the auditorium at the Open Door School.

Gabby and her fellow Bell Choir members were one of the first on Wednesday’s program at this year’s school Christmas show performing two of the season’s classic songs, “Silent Night” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

“We practiced three times a week,” Enix said after the show. “They love the music. It is a different way to express themselves.”

The holiday season is a busy time for the school’s Bell Choir as it performs at a variety of venues throughout December. But this year was different as the choir was donned in their new uniform of iridescent vests, white shirts and black pants.

“They look good and feel special,” Enix said.

The students played to a standing-room-only auditorium that morning as they read poems, performed solos and danced.

Those performing included Brittney Lowe doing a solo to “Santa Baby,” Samantha Bryan reading “A Christmas Wish,” Kaitlyn Howell doing a solo to “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” and Kyle Bolen reading “A Message from Santa Claus.”

Production numbers were “Santa Claus is Coming on a Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train, “Santa Bring Me a Dinosaur” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”

Planning for the program begins just before Thanksgiving with practice until the day of program.

“This gives them the opportunity to speak out loud,” Kendra Heim, Open Door principal, said. “It provides social skills, entertainment and everybody has fun.”