By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Mayberry, that quintessential small American town where many of us sometimes wish we lived, makes the perfect theme and setting for a musical Christmas trip down memory lane, full of nostalgia and childhood memories of Christmases past.
Thursday evening, Dec. 8, the students of Madison Academy did just that with their Christmas musical presentation, “A Very Merry Mayberry Christmas,” taking to the stage at the Van H. Priest Auditorium on the NFCC campus. The eighth grade class brought back those beloved characters of Mayberry, gathering at the Mayberry Courthouse for a visit with Aunt Bee, Opie, Sheriff Andy, Barney, Goober, Ben Weaver, Mr. Sam and Miss Betty.
Musical performances included the Madison Academy Choir opening with “Merry Mayberry Christmas,” followed by each different grade/class presenting a song and dance of its own, in celebration of the holiday season. Even “Our ‘Darlin’ Teachers” got in on the act, with a rendition of “Jingle Bells.”
As they treated the audience to other well-known Christmas classics such as “Up on the Housetop” (4K class) who couldn’t help but remember singing those very same songs many years ago, back when we were small, believing in Santa and waiting to hear noises on the roof before we fell asleep on Christmas Eve?
Celebrating the joy of the season was the Fifth Grade Chime Choir with “O Christmas Tree,” the second grade class with “Go Tell it on the Mountain,” the third grade with “Come On, Ring Those Bells,” and the first grade’s “Joy to the World, It’s Christmas.”
The fourth grade brought out the funny side of naughty-or-nice with “I’m Getting Nuttin’ for Christmas” and the 5K class, dressed in chefs’ hats and aprons, sang a song of “Christmas Cookies.”
The 3K class wondered “Donde Esta Santa Claus,” while the seventh graders rocked out to “Jingle Bell Rock.”
Finally, singing of the real reason we celebrate Christmas, the sixth grade performed “God Speaks” and the entire assembly closed with “Silent Night.”
Have a Very Merry Mayberry Christmas.