Pine School Student Reindeer Learns To Fly During Annual Christmas Musical
By Shawn Carroll
There were reindeer everywhere at Pine School on Tuesday evening.
How To Train Your Reindeer To Fly was the theme for this year’s Christmas program at the school. It was an elaborate production and involved almost the entire student body wearing reindeer headgear.
Learning to fly apparently isn’t as easy as everyone thinks, even if you happen to be a reindeer. The play used skits with educational messages and a dose of good citizenship to teach the fledglings how to get airborne and control their landings, which is always the hardest part of flying. Landing is the hardest part, as everyone found out.
As they learned from life’s lessons and improved their skills, they began to improve.
A visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus late in their training proved to be the added boost most needed to figure it out. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer couldn’t make it, but his cousin Randolph was on hand to help out as well.
The musical included some songs with new lyrics set to older hit songs, as well as some that would only fit at a flight school for reindeer.
Keeping in tune with the school’s increasing use of technology, the musical included students quickly disappearing and then reappearing on a big screen in short video clips simulating their new-found flying skills. These videos were recorded by students earlier on a green screen and the flying ‘reindeer’ were then placed on sky backgrounds and landed on snowy landscapes.
The program was put together by teachers Shannon Lehman and Gina Wright, but it took lots of help and cooperation from the rest of the teachers, staff, parents and students. A large crowd greeted the students as they made their way onto the set. The basketball courts were used since the number of parents and students would have overwhelmed the cafeteria.
The evening concluded with raffles for all of the trees, wreaths and other decorations. This was followed by hot chocolate and cookies in the cafeteria, where Santa himself was waiting to hear the wish lists of younger students and pose for pictures with them on his lap.