Christmas 2014 Christmas Play (Page Three)

Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind. ~Mary Ellen Chase

The Play Begins

Page 1 - Departure From ORCC & Arrival | Page 2- Pre-Play Activities
Page 3 - The Play | Page 4 - Post Play Activities
Page 5 - Special (Professional) Pictures

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Great scenery

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Inside the Walli Christmas Pavilion

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The wrong packages arrive

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Every holiday decoration but Christmas is delivered

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We are visited by Oz

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The world famous Candlelight desserts

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Wow!

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"It's German chocolate... It does not affect us!"

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Just look at that... Strudel and ice cream and chocolate cake

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Marcia and Paul

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Paul makes sure the calories are distributed evenly

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Pete was "Table Manager"  so we know no one went hungry

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Laughs and giggles

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"Get ready Lilly... You are about to perform"
p.s. She was conked out and we were worried

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Well... Either Grandpa or Great Grandpa must pinch her!

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The desserts are disappearing

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Paul makes sure Alyssa is having a good time

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Angie proposes a toast... "Here is to anything!"

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Paul and Javier compare their hair-dews

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Dillon tells a story

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"Baby it's Cold Outside"

Did You Know? - "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is a song with words and music by Frank Loesser written in 1944. Although popular during the Christmas and holiday season, it is strictly a romantic winter song such as "Winter Wonderland" or "Marshmallow World".

Unlike the latter two songs, though, "Baby , It's Cold Outside" had been played on radio all year around throughout the 50's. Until the late 1990's, the song was considered more of a pop standard and not a Christmas song.

Loesser wrote the duet in 1944 and premiered the song with his wife, Lynn Garland, at their Navarro Hotel housewarming party, and performed it toward the end of the evening, signifying to guests that it was nearly time to end the party. Garland considered it "their song" and was furious when Loesser sold the song to MGM.

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Tom, Sue, and Cindy finishing off dessert before the second half begins

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"Who... Me??"

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Sam, Brenda, Paul and Mom

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Sue stops for a swig of wine

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Daughter Robin... Always a smile

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"Tah Dah"

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OK... What did Paul do with the tie?

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Connor is doing well... Hat on!

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Grandpa Paul visits Grandson Connor and Marissa
Where does time go?

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"Marissa... I have a Connor picture for you!"

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Connor in 2000 - Five years old!

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Daddy Zack has a handful

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Gary and Peanut... Proud Grandparents

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Sisters... Sisters

Did You Know? - The song "Sisters" appeared in the movie White Christmas where both parts were sung by Rosemary Clooney (who served as Vera-Ellen's singing vocal dub for this song, while Trudy Stevens dubbed Vera-Ellen's other songs in the film).

The movie White Christmas also starred Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. It was not possible to issue an "original soundtrack album" of the film, because Decca Records controlled the soundtrack rights, but Clooney was under exclusive contract with Columbia Records.

Consequently each one issued a separate "soundtrack recording": Decca issuing Selections from Irving Berlin's White Christmas, while Columbia issued Irving Berlin's White Christmas.

On the former, the song "Sisters" (as well as all of Clooney's vocal parts) was recorded by Peggy Lee, while on the latter, the song was sung by Rosemary Clooney and her own sister, Betty.

The Clooney sisters' version, which was also released as a single, was the most popular recording of the song, charting in 1954. The song was also made famous in the United Kingdom by sister act the Beverley Sisters.

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Playing the bells

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Loads of talent

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All the children of the world are needed on stage to assist solving the delima...  We need Mr. Walli to get back into the spirit.

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Theo and Alex first to arrive on scene

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The Nun's keep singing "Go Tell It On The Mountain"

Did You Know? - "Go Tell It on the Mountain" is an African-American spiritual song, compiled by John Wesley Work, Jr., dating back to at least 1865, that has been sung and recorded by many gospel and secular performers. It is considered a Christmas carol because its original lyrics celebrate the Nativity of Jesus:

“ Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere;
go tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born. ”

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Theo, Alex and Liahna represent our family

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Sing it girl....

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Look out guys... I hear something...

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Santa comes to visit

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 Did You Know? - "Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane)" is a Christmas song written by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman.

Autry got the idea for the song after riding his horse in the 1946 Santa Claus Lane Parade (now the Hollywood Christmas Parade) in Los Angeles during which crowds of spectators chanted, "Here comes Santa Claus".

This inspired him to write a song that Haldeman set to music. A demo recording was made by singer/guitarist Johnny Bond, whose recording made use of ice cubes to mimic the sound of the jingling sleigh-bells. This inspired the use of real sleigh-bells in Autry's own recording of the song.

Autry first recorded the song in 1947; released as a single by Columbia Records, it became a #5 country and #9 pop hit.[1] Autry performed the song in his 1949 movie The Cowboy and the Indians. He re-recorded it again for Columbia in 1953 and once more for his own Challenge Records label in 1957.

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"We are now here... Where are the Children of the World?"

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Lilly is on stage

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Santa and Mrs Santa get the low down

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Lilly meets everyone on stage

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Theo, Alex Liahna

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The Claus's read "Wish Lists" written by the kids earlier

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Lilly is inching closer...

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Everyone is paying attention

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"I am going where?"

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Lilly arrives on the lap... The audience goes wild

Did You Know? - Lilly is the daughter of Grandson Zack and Becca.  Zachary was in the SAME Mrs. Santa's lap twenty-four years earlier when he was two months old!

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"Hey... This is the best seat in the house!"

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Looks like a budding friendship is occurring

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Theo and Alex are enjoying themselves

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All sing

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Lots of wet eyes in the audience

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Kathy managed to get several of her kids and grandkids up on stage

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"Oh no! We have to go back?"

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"Mommy... Daddy... Where are you?"

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Let's meet this years cast

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...and the audience goes wild

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See you next year

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Page 1 - Departure From ORCC & Arrival | Page 2- Pre-Play Activities
Page 3 - The Play | Page 4 - Post Play Activities
Page 5 - Special (Professional) Pictures