Wednesday, March 22, 2006

No, It's Not Christmas, but...

Back on December 25, I wrote a post that addressed my unfulfilled dream of being in the annual Christmas pageant at the Capitol and suggested it would be interesting if some members of the Class of 1965 who had been in one of the pageants would share some memories. There were no responses.

Today, while searching through my cache of copies of The Madison Mirror, I found an article published on December 18, 1964 (Volume XXXXIII) that named names. I've retyped it below (boldface emphasis is from the original):

Perform in Capitol Pageant

Last Sunday, December 13 at 4:00 the members of the choirs of East, West, LaFollette, Monona Grove and Central University High took part in the annual Capitol Pageant.
The senior choirs sang 15 songs recalling the birth of Jesus. The following is a list of the songs sung" "Joy to the World," "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," "O Little Town of Bethlehem," "O Come All Ye Faithful," "Gloria Patri," "Ave Maria," "Joseph Came Seeking a Resting Place," "Christmas Hymn (While by My Sheep)," "The First Noel," "We Three Kings of Orient Are," "Slumber Song of the Infant Jesus," "Break Forth, O Beauteaus Heavenly Light," "Cantique De Noel (O Holy Night)," "A Child Is Born in Bethlehem," and "Silent Night."
Besides the choir many of the members of the student body took part in the various phases of the tableaux. These members were: Mary, Theresa Accardo and Christine Merlin; Joseph, Nick Loniello and
Mike Fullwood--as an alternate; Gabriel, Joanne Hildebrandt and Cathy Portal-Foster--as an alternate; Blue Angels, Jean Hubbard and Judy Eberline; Kings, Mike McCabe, Bruce Lauck, Jim Lynaugh, Eugene Washington, Skip Hanson, Fred Gedko, and Richard Bennett; Shepherds, Jim Schmitz, Steve Bruno, Andy Apple, Dave Williams, Steve Houghton, Marvin Richardson, Bill Johnson, Jim Klinker, Fred Cross and Skip Pagel; White Angels, Jean Gennrich, Cindy Worden, Candy Fullwood, Rozanne Petratta, Diane Bystol, Angie Loniello and Gina Masino; Dome Angels, Maureen McGilligan, Maria Guianguinto, Marsha Gurlund, Velma Pavulue, Virginia Burley, Sue Debs and Jo-Ann Hanson,
Along with the leadership of the choir directors of the schools and much hard work and practice the pageant was a great success.

By Joanne Bennett

There certainly weren't many members of the Class of 1965 that year. Maybe there were more in the choir. Or maybe they were involved in other holiday activities.

Here's the caption for these front page photos from the December 18, 1964 issue of The Madison Mirror: TOP PICTURE: JoAnne Klein and Kay Schutz hang a wreath on a classroom door. JoAnne headed the decorations committee. Miss Reinartz was the advisor. MIDDLE PICTURE: In 12th grade Home Economics, recent class activities have tied in well with the season (see book title in the pciture). Students show here working on a holiday arrangement are, left to right, Judy Winner, Mary Jo McCarthy and Mary Hammond. Mrs. Meister, the instructor, is standing.

Note: I omitted the BOTTOM PICTURE because it was too dark to reproduce well on the blog. And if you can't read the name on the book in the MIDDLE PICTURE, it's "Flower Arranging."

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