Cameras flashed as 140 or so kindergartners, dressed in red Santa Claus hats, white shirts, bow ties and jingle bell necklaces wished parents and friends a Merry Christmas with music Wednesday at Vilonia Elementary School.
"These little darlings have worked hard for months to present a program that will last only about 20 minutes," said coordinator Kim Shock, welcoming guests to the school’s gymnasium for the event.
With standing room only and a noticeable number of camera flashes and recording devices operating, she joked, "You would think these kids are loved or something by the flash bulbs."
An action packed program, Shock played the piano as students sang as a group, belted out solos, danced and played "Jingle Bells" while family and friends took photographs and clapped.
"We Wish You A Merry Christmas," "Jingle Bells" and "Santa Claus is Coming To Town," was a group effort. The song "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer" showcased the voices of students Andy Palmer, Chloe Lane and Brady Ussery.
Students McKenzie Beene, Olivia Fithen and Kinley Corder delivered a stirring "Away in a Manger." Lane Lemarr brought a smile to everyone’s face when he sang "I’m a Little Elf."
Students Fisher Robbins, Kinsley Williams, Hope Johnson, Justin Allred, Remy Curtis, Addie and Maddie Williams, Logan Beavers, Anna Grace Macomber, Jake Norman, Sam Sturdivant and Trace Ashby sang "I’m Getting Nuttin’ For Christmas," providing details.
"I bought some gum with a penny slug," Curtis sang, followed by, "somebody snitched on me."
Rounding out the show, student Jamison Hinsley, dressed in costume, busted a few dance moves during "Blitzen’s Boogie."
Student Ethan Rappold closed the program by asking the audience "Now, weren’t we cute?"
He followed up by saying, "If you liked our program, stand up and clap."
The children received a standing ovation followed by claps and cheers.