Preschool students began the Christmas season on Nov. 29 with a “Joy to the World” production that featured songs, a video presentation, sign language to Luke 2:11, and handbells to “First Noel.”
On Dec. 4, kindergarten students performed their program, “Simply Christmas,” and first and second grade students presented their production, “Really, Really Good News.” Under the direction of Jennifer Freeman, students delighted the audience that was filled with friends and family with Christmas classics like “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “We Three Kings,” and “Joy to the World.”
Third and 4th grade students offered a cheerful and unique medley in their “Back to the Manger” program on Dec. 6. Soloists and group choirs sang wholeheartedly as they spread the message of the Christmas through “Song of the Sheep,” “Ring the Bells,” and many others.
As special guests, these Lower School programs also featured the Fifth Grade Musical Theatre, “Ovation,” and the Lower School audition choir, “Grace Notes.”
Middle School “Spotlight” students dazzled families and guests in their play, “The Bible in 40 Minutes … or Less!” on Dec. 7 and 8 that truly illustrated the meaning of Christmas.
“I am so proud of our kids for taking on this incredibly difficult show,” said Director Cory Carter. “It has been so wonderful to see them research these biblical characters and events that they portrayed.”
Following the show, cast members gathered to pray with audience members and answer their questions about the gospel.
On Dec. 11, Middle School Choir “Showstoppers,” the state champion Upper School Chorale, and Worship Culture students sang carols in other languages from all over the world in their “Sing We Noel” concert, singing international songs like “Betelehemu,” “A La Nanita Nana,” and “Jamaican Noel.” Worship Culture performed reverent mash-ups of traditional Christmas and worship songs, performing “Go Tell It on the Mountain/O How I Need You” and “Little Drummer Boy/Here's my Heart.” The show concluded with nearly all vocalists joining in for the famous “Carol of the Bells,” as Director Kaleigh McFarland announced that this song would become a tradition at Liberty, with an invitation to alumni to come on stage and join in singing the timeless piece.
The “Let’s Go Caroling” concert on Dec. 14 performed by the 5th to 12th grade bands captivated the audience as they played and displayed all they had learned from the fall semester.
“I am humbled to see the progress of all of our bands,” said Jason Umbach, in his first year as director. “As the state champion band, our program has been great for many years.
“I am truly blessed that God and the Liberty administration would give me this opportunity to teach these students how to become musicians.”
Among many songs performed, the 5th grade Lower School Beginner Band played “Silent Night” and “Jingle Bells,” and the Middle School Band played “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” The Upper School Band performed “Holiday Cheers,” “White Christmas” featuring a flute and trumpet solo, and several other popular songs, with both the Middle and Upper School Bands concluding the concert with, “A Christmas Auld Lang Syne.”