Heritage holiday show tonight


— Some angels ride surfboards.

At least they do at the Christian Heritage School, where elementary students went through a final dress rehearsal Wednesday for their holiday performance of "Angel Alert," a musical written by nationally known children's composer Celeste Clydesdale.

Sixty-three students in grades one through six -- the entire elementary school at Christian Heritage -- will perform the show 7 p.m. tonight on the stage in the school's cafeteria. The show is free.

Music director Christel Hous--ton said almost all of "Angel Alert" takes place in heaven, with angels looking down on the birth of Jesus. Along with the Nativity, the musical also tells the story of two surfer-angels who fall out of favor in heaven and are relegated to heaven's kitchen, where they must make "angel cocoa," Houston said.

Fifth-graders Garrison Ost--een and Sam Zwak play the surfer-angels. Garrison's costume is a green tie-dyed shirt with a silver halo and white angel wings. Zwak complements his wings with a bright yellow robe.

"They all got to pick their own costumes. We've got some gold angels, pink-winged angels and two angels in karate gis," Houston said. A "gi" is a traditional karate uniform.

Although Garrison and Sam cause trouble behind the pearly gates in "Angel Alert," at Wednesday's rehearsal, they were a saving grace.

What: Free Christian Heritage holiday performance of the musical drama "Angel Alert"When: 7 p.m. todayWhere: Christian Heritage School, 27285 Brandon Circle in Heritage Park

"The head angels keep forgetting their lines," Houston said. "So the surfer-angels are learning to help them while staying in character."

Houston's daughter Jessi, a senior at Christian Heritage, helped out with Wednesday's rehearsal. She said the young students have been practicing the performance since mid-October and are excited about tonight's show.

"They've been raving about this all week," Jessi said, as she removed safety pins from the angel wings of second-grader Ashley Wilson, 8. "Everyone always looks forward to it. My mom puts on good productions."

-- To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4203 or e-mail mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com


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