On Friday, December 9, the joyful sounds of children’s voices filled the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Kavli Theater, as Viewpoint’s Primary and Lower School students presented their holiday program, “Season of Light.”
With enthusiastic and heartfelt performances from each of the classes, as well as the Primary and Lower School Choruses and Dancers, and the Advanced Fifth Grade Strings, the audience delighted in the spirit of the season. In addition to song and dance, narrators from the Fifth Grade class shared holiday traditions practiced by cultures around the world and delivered Happy Holidays sentiments in six different languages - Armenian, Farsi, Russian, Spanish, Polish, and Hindi.
Viewpoint’s dance teacher Gabrielle Brown, a former soloist with American Ballet Theater, choreographed “Waltz of the Flowers,” a short piece from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, performed by the Lower School Dancers, led by Hannah Ritz ’23, Kaylyn Robertson ’24, Jordan Aaronson ’26, Chloe Brendle ’26, Charlotte Hariton ’26, and Finn Harrington ’29.
“The holiday program is a gift that we look forward to and treasure each year,” said Cathy Adelman, Head of Primary School. “From our Kindergarteners' first time on stage to our Fifth Graders poised and polished as they shared their family traditions, the growth is evident in our students. Our children make the holidays come alive with their expressive words, beautiful singing voices, and joyful dance.”
Claudia Antoine, Head of Lower School added, "The children sang with gusto and danced with grace. Their holiday wishes in multiple languages reminded us of how diverse a community we really have here at Viewpoint. However, our Fifth Grade narrators reminded us how much we have in common when they spoke lovingly of family traditions that were filled with good food, laughs, music, lights, and love.”
The holiday program concluded with Viewpoint’s Giving of the Greens thoughtfully prepared by the VSSA. This annual tradition, in which each child receives a beautiful spray of greens, represents the School’s abiding belief in the continual growth of each student and the warmest wishes for a joyful holiday season.