A community-wide effort, the program was performed for both Whitfield Nursing Home and Cornerstone Health & Rehab on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 17 with a special finale for the public at 1 p.m. at the Easom Community Center.
Adopting “The Real Meaning of Christmas” as its theme, the jovial program included a Christmas choir which sang classic carols and other holiday favorites.
Featured tunes included: “Joy to the World”, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, “Jingle Bell Rock”, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and other festive music.
“Most of the cast members appeared for the first time in this year’s play which included a brand new script,” said Easom Outreach Foundation Chairman Samuel Crayton. “The majority of the cast members were under the age of eight.”
According to the chairman, it was standing room only at Whitfield Nursing Home during the ensemble’s first ever performance there.
“The residents did not only watch the performers, but joined them in singing Christmas carols,” he said.
Echoing his sentiments, Director Paulette Justice said the children as well as the volunteers truly enjoyed their visit to Whitfield Nursing Home.
“We want our children to experience doing something for others, without expecting anything in return except a good feeling in their hearts and respect and love for others, especially our elderly,” she said. “To see the smiles on the faces of the residents and the children was simply priceless.”
Between the nursing home performances and the finale, the cast dined on pizza and juice. Assorted candy was handed out at the end of the program.
“It was a wonderful production,” said Crayton who wished to thank all involved for their hard work and commitment. “In addition to our cast, volunteers and parents, would like to extend a special thank you to City Road CME Church and Mason Saint Luke Baptist Church.”