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Not Your Average Holiday Show

For parents who remem­ber partic­i­pat­ing in their own school holiday shows (which consisted of the class stand­ing in a line, wearing Santa hats and singing a Christ­mas song), the Waverly holiday show will be an espe­cially wonder­ful surprise. The orig­i­nal show was held at the little theater at Farnsworth Park. Each teacher put together their own number and every class partic­i­pated. The show was very long and there was not enough seating for every­one. Mandy Boesche, a Waverly parent at the time, asked Tim Ford, then Direc­tor of Waverly, if she could be the manager of the show. Mandy worked with Occi­den­tal College to rent Thorne Hall. Occi­den­tal has been very gener­ous, allow­ing Waverly access to their theater and crew, for over twenty years, to make our profes­sion­ally lit, beau­ti­ful show possi­ble. In the early years, we did not fill all of the 800 seats and were able to invite prospec­tive parents to attend. When one year the show was delayed because there was not enough seating for every­one, we began tick­et­ing the event. The show has never been holiday specific but rather a lovely way to bring the whole commu­nity together to cele­brate the begin­ning of winter break. The elemen­tary numbers are usually theme-related, with a lot of vari­a­tion. The extra­or­di­nary thing about these perfor­mances is that there is only one rehearsal on stage, held the day before the show. Each year is remark­able in its own way. Year after year, the kids and teach­ers are able to pull off unique and often compli­cated numbers. Each year when the show is over, people can be heard saying, This year was the best yet!” Curious? Click here to see a slideshow from past years! Happy holi­days to our wonder­ful Waverly family!