By AMY WENGER
WAKARUSA — With just weeks remaining until Christmas officially arrives, an annual holiday tradition will take place tonight at Wakarusa Elementary. The fourth- and fifth-grade choir students are going to present “Nanny Claus” as a special introduction to welcoming the festivities of the season.
The musical celebration will start at 6 p.m. at NorthWood High School. It is recommended that audience members arrive early to ensure ideal seating. Family and friends of fourth-grade performers should plan to sit on the right side of the auditorium to see their children, while those who are planning to watch their fifth-grade students will have better viewing along the left side.
The production will be under the direction of vocal music teacher Shawn Skaggs, while Jenni Horner is coordinating many aspects of set design, assisted by a large troupe of parents and volunteers.
The tale begins with an introduction to another hectic season at the North Pole, where Father and Mother Elf (Quinten Hunsberger and Elle Jansen) are leading Santa’s Workshop and the Sweet Shoppe through another Christmas rush. Meanwhile, their three children, Ellie, Eddie and Emily (Alexis Weldy, Chase Horner, and Makenna Perry) have been exercising their best attention grabbing tactics to gain the attention of their parents, to no avail.
The youngsters’ antics have subsequently led to the departure of many nannies. That is, until Nanny Claus (Morgan Berry) comes along, British accent and all, not unlike Mary Poppins.
“Her agenda is to turn things around so Father and Mother Elf concentrate on the children and their work load is minimized, which takes place through some magic only with showing the children that simple things in life can bring joy,” Skaggs said.
Cast members include:
Nanny Claus — Morgan Berry
Mother Elf — Elle Jansen
Father Elf — Quinten Hunsberger
Ellie — Alexis Weldy
Eddie — Chase Horner
Emily — Makenna Perry
Santa — Ethan Ramer
Mrs. Claus — Emily Bennett
Snowman — Trent Edwards
Nanny Kringle — Emily Coleman
Candy-making elves, toy-making elves, dancers, soloist and elf chorus — members of the fourth- and fifth-grade choirs.