As the extreme freezing conditions continued in Saskatchewan with temperatures plummeting into the -30C and the wind chill remaining in the mid -40C, the Stoughton Central School went ahead with their Christmas concert on December 21.
The week prior, December 15, was the original date for the concert, but that night saw stormy weather with treacherous roads, so it was canceled to the following week, not knowing the weather would not improve a great deal.
The concert began at 6 p.m., with Bailey Baumgartner, Abigail Hall, Madison Richaud, and Sydney Hemphill as the Master of Ceremonies. As the lights went dim these young ladies introduced the classes as they were ready to do their performances on center stage.
Family and friends braved the extreme cold, with toques and scarves in hand to fill the gymnasium to watch their young students do their part in the school concert.
Kindergarten and grade 1, broke the ice to perform first with the song, Little Snowflake and followed with the classic, Santa Claus is coming to town.
Grade two and three recited the poem, Bob the Goofy Reindeer.
Santa’s Reindeer Learns to Cooperate was acted out by the grades four and five, finishing with the singing of I want to be an Elf.
Grade six and seven recited their poem classic, T’was the night before Christmas.
The popular song, Mary did you know, was sung by the grade eight and nine students. They continued with Rockin the Christmas Tree.
Jadah Walbaum was accompanied by Jacquie Walbaum on guitar as she sang the Christmas song, Oh Holy Night.
Immanuel McArthur picked away on his guitar to do his rendition of Run Rudoph Run. This was also the closing act of the concert.
Over 100 kids took part in the school Christmas concert and worked hard for several weeks to bring their best performance to the stage.
The crowded gymnasium showed their appreciation of the performance with their applause and cheers at the end of each classes’ songs or acts.
Entry to the concert was a donation of a non-perishable food item for the food bank.