SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Falling snow the evening of Dec. 15 served as a fitting backdrop for Holy Savior’s 7th annual Christmas pageant. The school-wide event, entitled ‘The Best Christmas Present of All,’ took place in Sacred Heart Church and was attended by students, their families, community residents, and members of Holy Savior Academy's faculty and staff.  

“All the students are involved and this event is attended by hundreds of people,” said the pageant’s musical director Susan Loughlin. "The wonderful thing about this annual event is it includes all of our students, and really brings us together as a community."

Throughout the evening, the Holy Savior Choir along with students in pre-K through eighth grade  performed a selection of both religious and contemporary holiday songs. As in previous years, the evening culminated with the eighth grade class portraying the Living Nativity followed by the singing of 'Do You Hear What I Hear' by all students.

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Eighth graders Jamie Metz, Time Figueiredo, Renata Rosal, Skylar Talley, and Jackson Gaffney served as narrators and the roles of Mary and Joseph were portrayed by Arianna Ealdrom and John Ventriglia, respectively. Elder Alvarenga, Jadin Collins, Matthew Dunn, Donoban Lopez, Kevin McGuinness, and Bryce Pinnock were Sheperds; Nicholas Chadwell, Nicholas Robertson, and Colin Whiteside portrayed the Three Wisemen; and Chloe Anderson, Kaila Barnes, Gerrolin Beauzile, Courtney Coleman, Abigail Marzan, Maria Moncada, and Gwen Nieves portrayed the Angels.

To prepare for the pageant, students begin practicing in October, working with Loughlin, who serves as music teacher and choir director at Holy Savior. Students look forward to advancing each year, culminating in the eighth grade when they perform the Living Nativity under the director of their classroom teacher Charlene Bressler. 

“It's a huge undertaking for the students and teachers but well worth it because it's such a wonderful way to really celebrate Christmas as a school community,” Loughlin said. 

Additionally, she said, the eighth graders wrote the narration of all the songs. "[That] really helped remind us of the meaning of Christmas," Loughlin said. "I am so proud of how beautifully all the students performed their music, and how they worked together to help us really get the Christmas season off to a great start."

All photos courtesy of K.D. Zrno 

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