Some traditions are either too much fun or simply too cute to discontinue. Whatever the reason, Troup Elementary has continued the tradition of having their first grade students perform a Christmas play, first for the Troup Rotary Club and then for the public. This year’s performance was “How to Train Your Reindeer (to Fly)” and was presented Tuesday, Dec. 5, in the school’s gymnasium.
Though no specific year has been pinpointed, the tradition of the first grade play began sometime in the early 1960s, according to Troup Elementary School principal Melanie Johnson.
This year’s musical is set in the School of Reindeer where the reindeer have learned all the academic lessons and are learning to fly, according to the description by Teresa Jennings and Karl Hitzemann, authors of the play. Several reindeer are inattentive and unkind to Santa’s elves and are the same reindeer having trouble learning to fly. Santa and Mrs. Clause arrive to teach the reindeer the importance of a good education, a positive attitude and good character.
“The musical was filled with amazing music as well as valuable lessons,” Johnson said. “First, arrogance and conceit are not good qualities to have. Also, treating others as though they don’t matter, or as though you are more important than they are, is very inconsiderate. This musical also stresses the concept that education is the foundation for virtually everything we do.”
“It is a wonderful tradition,” Johnson stated of the first grade Christmas production. “I was in the play as a first graders as well as Jessica Fain, our music teacher. We are grateful to carry on this tradition.”