By Faerie Sledge
The 33 member children’s choir of First Baptist Church, Coushatta, presented its annual Christmas musical at the church on Sunday evening, December 3, 2017. This year’s musical was “Jingle Bell Beach, a Christmas singing competition of Pitch Perfect Proportions.” It was created by Christy Semsen and arranged by Daniel Semsen.
According to WordKidz, the musical is a story of the annual Jingle Sing competition where aspiring young vocal groups from around the country make their way to Jingle Bell Beach for the famous competition. Hosts Sandy and Sonny Pepperminter, played by Melanie Davis and Dr. Hunter Brown, welcome the final contestants for this year’s competition: the Snowflakes, the Starfish, and the Electrons.
When a storm ruins the contestants’ plans for getting home in time for Christmas, things heat up! In the eagerness to win the contest, it becomes clear that one of the contestants is struggling with his understanding of the meaning of Christmas. As the others share the story of Jesus, the spirit of competition changes into the wonderful spirit of Christmas. The contestants are reminded that Christmas is about Emmanuel, “God with us”, and the good news that Jesus came to be the Savior.
Children performing were Maverick Bamburg, Sophie Bamburg, Trevor Bell, Cannon Breedlove, Carter Breedlove, McKinley Davis, Reagan Davis, Ali Greer, Harper Huckabay, Hayden Huckabay, Hanna Catherine Huddleston, Mary Claire Jones, Will Jones, Brock Keith, Riley Keith, Justin McKnight, Hope Mills, Jenna Mills, Julia Paige Mills, Ben Moseley, Morgan Moseley, Hannah Murray, Sam Murray, Andrew Petersen, Kaitlynne Petersen, Paige Petersen, Olivia Rice, Victoria Rice, Summer Rushing, Ryder Shaver, Isabella Stephens, Rafe Suggs, and Jett Waters.
Children’s choir director is Julie Page. She was assisted by teachers and “behind the scenes” crew, Charla Bamburg, Jennifer Breedlove, Dr. Hunter Brown, Melanie Davis, and Jennifer Moseley. The choir also extends thanks to the many other volunteers who helped with the production. Dr. Nathan Davis is pastor.