What are your best memories from kids’ pageants, plays?

Tonight my 4-year-old will be singing in a little preschool Christmas pageant. She has been practicing her songs all over the house for weeks. She knows the words but will she sing them on stage and do whatever the teachers have planned?

I have not seen her perform in anything before so I am excited to see what type of performer she will be.

Despite loving to sing, Rose always get embarrassed in school shows and sort of mumbles her way through it. Her hand motions are small and she looks like she’d rather be getting a cavity filled. (At home she sings at the top of her lungs and dances on the ceiling.)

Walsh is my favorite little performer. You never know what to expect with him, and he always steals the show.

If you will recall in his 4-year-old Christmas pageant, he was demoted from wise man to shepherd because he refused to practice. If I recall correctly he was checking out a light or something on the stage during the performance.

During his preschool graduation, he kept trying to scoot over near a girl that he liked while he was stage. He was singing away but kept inching toward her.

In the kindergarten show he made such large arm gestures that he accidentally knocked the paper crown off the kids in front of him.

What are your favorite memories from school plays and pageants?

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December 12th, 2011
12:31 pm

I was just thinking about this last night when I sat through a lovely church Christmas musical. I taught Kinder at an Episcopal School in Texas. When I was pregnant, the staff decided it would be wonderful to have my son as the first live baby Jesus. Unfortunately, he showed up at 10 pounds 8 ounces and by the time December got here, he was too big for the manger and we had to use a doll ( as in past performances).

I LOVE watching the kid’s school shows. Both our own two and friend’s children. Our neighbor’s son had the leading role in his play and we went last Monday.he was amazing! It brought back great memories of when we went to our local elementary school with our kids. It is kind of sad not going to all those performances. They were fun! the spontaneous actions are sometimes the best. Maybe some day for grandkids…haha! Both of mine were in chorus ( through middle and daughter in HS) and our daughter had her piano recitals too. Good times for sure.

I once directed a preschool program with a song that would look neat with bubbles ( ala Lawrence Welk). Several teachers volunteered to blow the bubbles behind the children on the risers. Then, they started laughing so hard that it was not the success we had planned. It was fun though!

On the other had, we had a bad situation at our church. Our young teen daughter was in the Living Christmas Tree and since she had the birth injury on her arm ( Erb’s Palsy) she was demoted from a center front slot to an end slot. This was due to the fact that she could not move her arm in the cramped quarters as her range of motion is not 100%. They kept saying she was not doing the right thing. She came home devastated and I was more than annoyed. Not a good memory for us. Oh well.

Happy Jack Sauce

December 12th, 2011
12:31 pm

One time, my son was so nervous in the school pageant, he blew chunks all over the stage. That caused another kid to do the same. The stench then caused some of the parents to start hurling…..It was epic.


December 12th, 2011
12:32 pm

25 words or less please.


December 12th, 2011
1:44 pm

I’ve been to SO many, with 4 kids in school, to even try and think of one that stands out…..

Drinking the water from a toilet.

December 12th, 2011
1:59 pm

One year, they had an open bar. Some of the parents got real hammered and it kind of spoiled the kids fun.

K's mom

December 12th, 2011
2:02 pm

My brother and I were always part of the church Christmas pageant when we were kids. The funniest one was when my brother was 3 and he and the other 3yo boys were cows in the manger scene. They got a bit bored as the show progressed and decided to act out the part. They mooed occasionally, played with the hay etc. My mom still loves to tell that story.


December 12th, 2011
2:18 pm

Because we have both a spider and a cat costume/outfit at home, our 3 yr old has decided that he would rather be one of those than the typical sheep, donkey, cow or oxen for the church Christmas pageant. Still wondering how we are going to pull that off, but we have until Christmas Eve to figure it out.


December 12th, 2011
2:28 pm

@ MatthewH…perhaps you can intrique him with Charlotte’s Web? I know there was a spider and perhaps a cat?


December 12th, 2011
2:30 pm

At Matthew

Don’t worry….If people can believe in a talking snake from the bible, I am sure you can pull off a spider and cat story for Christmas.

Hell, we humans we celebrate the death and Resurrection of Christ by telling them a giant bunny rabbit left chocolate eggs during the night……The spider and cat should be easy.

Earnhardt fan

December 12th, 2011
2:36 pm

Hey Luther

You makin fun of the bible? That aint rite this close to Christmas.

U better watch UR step funy man.


December 12th, 2011
4:35 pm

My daughter was always too shy to do well during a performance. She hated any attention to her, I was not allowed to give a little wave or anything.

When I was in elementary school I was told that I could only mouth the words or I would not be allowed to stand with the rest of the kids during the christmas concert.


December 12th, 2011
5:10 pm

I feel sure that there is some latitude when it comes to children’s Christmas pageants, and I am certain that there was probably a spider tucked in the recesses of the manger.
I always like watching the older sibling (of whatever family) trying to “discipline” the younger sibling during the pageant. The older one usually causes more of a scene than the younger one ever does!


December 12th, 2011
6:31 pm

I have many, many good memories of my kids and hundreds of other kids (my students) over the years, but none was as funny as when my eldest had a dance recital. The littlest girls were supposed to run onstage, run to the edge of the stage, curtsy, and run off. Well, unbeknownest to all, the janitors had polished the stage highly. So, one after one, these little girls came running in, tried to stop, and slid off the stage (it wasn’t high). One after one after one, until finally they quit sending them. I laughed so hard I wet my pants and seriously hurt myself. It was absolutely the funniest thing I have ever seen! Like someone couldn’t figure out what was wrong, and kept sending these little ones to their doom! I should be seriously ashamed for laughing so loud and so hard, but it remains so funny to me.

They finally closed the curtains, and you could hear some scratching sounds as they brought out a buffer and scuffed up the stage, then started over. The second time it was precious, and charming. However, I think I gained 2 years of life for that laughing. (And perhaps a seat in h3ll for it, too.)


December 12th, 2011
10:45 pm

@MJG: I don’t think it is appropriate to consider any position (as long as you have one) to be a demotion in a Living Christmas Tree pageant. It sounds like if her arm was hurting her due to this condition, then thankfully, they recognized that and moved her. Not a bad memory unless you make it one. For any up-and-coming Welk performances, they should get the bubble machines that are on constant movement. We have one that spits out hundreds of bubbles a minute. I can’t imagine a bevy of chicken-talking moms talking and laughing while blowing bubbles. The idea makes me cringe.

For these events in general (esp singing on those bleachers), I wish they would practice with the height of the children. Shorter ones are always hidden behind the bigger kids and they can’t be seen during ANY of the performance.

On the other hand, the idea of Walsh scooting over to be close to a little girl melts my heart. Too adorable to think of him trying to get closer to the object of his affection!


December 12th, 2011
10:50 pm

LOL catlady, that was funny.

i never gave a tinkers damn about a kids thing until I had a kid. Now I love them. go figure. Sorry I can’t contribute, my little punkin hasn’t been in that many and nothing stands out as anything other than precious to me. But I enjoy reading yours lol.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

December 13th, 2011
12:12 am

catlady — that was so funny!! my mom twirled her baton right off the stage one time and just had to pretend to twirl for the rest of the show – don’t lose your baton in the first act — that really stinks!!


December 13th, 2011
8:26 am

@ Kat…thanks for your input but my daughter’s arm does not hurt her at all. The range of motion is not 100% and thus that means that she cannot bend her arm in certain ways due to the nerves being damaged at birth. She cannot do a cart wheel, swim with form, be a cheerleader etc, But we are blessed that she can actually use her arm as it was completely paralyzed after the VBAC, She is left handed and we often wonder if that has to due with her right arm being paralyzed.

It is cramped in the Christmas tree and so there is a limited area to move. She had a front and center spot but was moved to the side/back where she could not even be seen. It was an obvious demotion and broke her heart. She came home in tears and did not want to participate but we are a “finish what you started” type of family and also “everyone is important”. I did not make a stink but I then thought it falls under a disability. Her piano teacher asked about it as she held her right arm differently and when we explained, she was very supportive.

Re: the bubbles…that was quiet a long time ago and I am certain I did not know about the bubble machine nor where to find one.


@ Fred…that is typical and I am glad you enjoy children. They can cause you to lose your mind on most days but ultimately, they are adorable and wonderful! Even when they are grown! Not so much adorable but wonderful.