Shepherds Play

The Shepherds Play is one of a trilogy of medieval plays that date back to at least the 11th century. They were originally performed by the villagers of the little island of Oberufer in the Danube, between what is now Hungary and Austria. Although they originated from Christmas plays performed in churches, they were later taken up by the peasants. Often they were performed in the village inn, after the players had gathered their audience by processing merrily through the village. The roles were passed down within families from one generation to the next, and the annual performances were anticipated by the whole village. This unique play, which offers a generous portion of humor and singing, is presented each holiday season by the faculty and staff as a gift to the children and community. Generally, a performance is given to the students during school hours, and a second performance is offered to the parents and community at large in the evening. Parents are advised that the performance lasts about an hour, and its language is not always easily understood but the pictures it offers are nourishing for all.

This year's Shepherds Play will be held December 19th, 2014, at 7:00 PM in the High School Great Room.