School Play – Papa Panov's Magic Christmas

20th December 2004

All the pupils at Lismore Primary School took part in a performance of the play Papa Panov's Magic Christmas as part of their Christmas celebrations. The play was adapted by Jennifer Baker from the original story by Leo Tolstoy. It tells of an old cobbler, Papa Panov, (played by Joe Derham) who is expecting a visit from Jesus on Christmas Day. Jesus does come but in the forms of an old street sweeper (Murray Willis), an asylum seeker (Eilidh Willis), and two homeless men (Colin Black and Keiran McLarney). The voice of Jesus was played powerfully by Calum MacGillivray while Emma Sanderson provided a moving narration to accompany the performance. The village children were played by John Carmichael, Flora MacLean, Eoghan Perkins, Kirsty Wright, Kara Willis, Leila Slingsby, Eileen Carmichael, Connor McLarney and Shona Wright.

The play was punctuated with carols in both Gaelic and English sung by the whole school. It was performed to a packed hall and was a great success. Afterwards the children served mulled wine and mince pies to the audience.

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