From the high mountain villages of Peru, to the deep fjords of Scandinavia, third-graders at L.L. Owen Elementary School took the audience on a trip around the globe during their "Christmas Around The World," musical held Wednesday.
From the high mountain villages of Peru, to the deep fjords of Scandinavia, third-graders at L.L. Owen Elementary School took the audience on a trip around the globe during their “Christmas Around The World,” musical held Wednesday.
Dressed in costumes that were representative of the many countries, students began their journey in the musical by shaking the maracas, strumming the guitars and dancing to the music of Mexico.
Waving red paper streamers, the students told the audience to “sweep away the old … sweep away your cares” in celebration of “Gung Hay Fat Choy,” or Chinese New Year.
One favorite among the group seemed to be a “Pickle in the Tannenbaum,” which told of the German tradition of the “legend of the glass pickle,” in which on Christmas Eve, the children were sent to bed, as parents hurried to decorate the tree with ornaments, candies and garland. The last ornament to be placed on the tree is the “glass pickle.” According to the legend, when the children awake in the morning, the first to see the pickle gets a “special treat.”
The students concluded the musical with an energetic song celebrating, from New York to L.A., “December in America.”
David Moon, music teacher at L.L. Owen for seven years, said the students began rehearsing for the musical the week before Halloween.
“I actually worked with them in small groups. This was the first day they were all together and wore the costumes, so that was new to them,” he said. “But I was very proud of them.”
For the musical, Moon said the students learned four languages — German, Swahili, Spanish and Japanese.
He said he chose this particular musical because he “liked the diversity of it, in that it recognizes all the holidays,” that are celebrated around the world.
“We have an Asian student this year and we have Muslim students, so it reflects the student population,” he said.
Moon said in April the students will have the opportunity to perform in an American Idol Talent Show.