A very good crowd was in attendance for the scaled back version of the annual Bentley Jr./Sr. High School Snowball Christmas concert on the evening of Dec. 19. The spotlight was on the beauty, pageantry and gallantry of the young ladies and men from the Bentley Grade 12 class as they paraded into the high school gymnasium that had been decorated with some red and white balloons and paper streamers.
In all, 27 Grade 12 students dressed in the finest attire were introduced individually by school principal Mr. Lane Moore as they took centre stage. As has been tradition, Grade 1 students acted as attendants for the Grade 12’s. The little ones came forward, picked up a long stemmed white rose and went back and presented it to the couple they were attending with an appropriate bow or curtsy.
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Peers chose a queen and a king from amongst the Grade 12’s with the winners being Shelby Brown and Kyle Lenz. The Grade 1’s came forward to honour the chosen couple with another curtsy or bow as the queen, holding onto a bouquet of beautiful roses she had been presented with, remained seated, flanked by the king.
After the procession marched off the stage and left the auditorium, it was time for the concert part of the program including a power point presentation shown by three Grade 12 girls.
An original skit performed by some from Grade 7’s ended with a valuable lesson – “It’s not what you receive: It’s what you give.”
Powerful vocal renditions of Angels We Have Heard On High and White Christmas were performed unaccompanied by Grade 11 student Kassandra Scholze.
The Grade 12’s, many minus their formal wear, offered an original one-act comedy called, Red Neck Wedding. The setting was supposed to be the old Bentley Community Hall years after graduation when two of the Grade 12’s were going to be married and many school friends were attending. It offered some amusing insight into the possible future lives of some. The production was helped along by some stagehands from Grade 8 and some Grade 10 and 11 helpers.
The Grade 12’s included: Jessica Abt and Stephen McPhee; Lauren Alford, Kaylie Dykstra and Scott Tronnes; Shelby Brown and Joshua Deschambault; Megan Fraser and Zack Dempsey; Anesea Heagy and Kyle Lenz; Jessica Huehn and Kyle Rose; Loni Kinley and Hayden McLeod; Stacia McKinley and Russell Wilton; Breanna Lansall and Jamie Posma; Nicole Mueller and Darren Smith; Rylee Scott and Jeff Northcott; Breanna Shannon and Jesse Young; and Lindsay Thiels and Dalton Laplante. As well, 22 Grade 1’s acted as attendants tying together the first and last Christmas concerts participated in. The 45-minute program ended with some visiting between families, friends and students before venturing out into the almost blizzard-like conditions to head for home.
Extended free skate time during holidays
Bentley people will be pleased to find out that there will be increased free public skate time and stick time offered at the Bentley arena during the holiday break because some pre-scheduled time slots will not be needed by the school and maybe some teams.
Tuesday, Dec. 23 there will be stick time from 4:00 p.m. to 6:15.
On Saturday, December 27 public skating will be offered from 12:45 until 1:45 p.m.
Monday, December 29 there will be public skate time from 3:00 to 5:15 p.m. with stick time from 5:15 until 7:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, Dec. 30 there will be stick time from 4:00 p.m. until 6:15.
The arena will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 26 and 31 and Jan. 1.
Friday, Jan. 2 the arena will offer public skating time from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 3 public skating will be offered from 12:45 until 1:45 p.m.
There could be more openings or other times available too. All schedules are subject to change so check with the arena.