The Punxsutawney Area High School 1960 Christmas Program

Cover from the Original Short Story; First Page of the Program

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Why the Chimes Rang
Christmas Wreath

presented by




December 13, 1959

3:00 P.M.

Punxsutawney, Pa.

Program Pages Two and Three:

This Play is a dramatization of the story by Raymond MacDonald Alden entitled Why The Chimes Rang?, published by the Bobbs-Merrll Co.
This version of Raymond MacDonald Alden’s story is published with permission of the Bobbs-Merrill Company of Indianapolis, the publisher of Professor Alden’s story and the holder of the copyright.

Christmas Bow

The Dramatics class and the cast wish to thank the following people for their help and cooperation. Miss Dais and the Senior Choir, Mr. Wood and the stage crew, The Knights of Pithias, the Ushers Club, Miss Pifer, Mr. Mechling, Mr. Rose, and Mr. Blaine Schwab.

Christmas Decorations in the lobby, by the Art classes under the direction of Mrs. Woods.


PART 1 –Choral Program-----------------High School Choir

Organ Prelude-------------Franklin Zufall

Candlelight Processional---Adeste Fideles

Organist---Marilyn Stein

Pianist---Penny Phillips

Praise Ye the Lord-----from The Christmas

Oratorio-Saint Saens

Masters in This Hall-----Old French Carol

Lo How a Rose-------------------Pretorius

The Birthday of a King---------Neidlinger


PART II — A Christmas Story -The Angel Who Refused
To Sing
---read by Margaret Schwab

Carol singing by the audience

Music under the direction of Miss Ester Jane Davis

Guest Organist Mrs. S.S. Hamilton


Because of the nature of our program we request there
be no applause

Page Four and Postscript.

PART III --- A Christmas Play--Why The Chimes Rang?


(In order of appearance)

Steena------------------Janie Serian

Helga-----------------Linda Hutchins

Uncle Bertel---------------Jim Munro

Old Woman-----------Kae Diane Basile

Angel--------------------Pat Swanson

Members of the Pagent

Bob Walters, Martha Cessna, Richard filler, Nancy

Dunlap, Bill Haney, Gary Seely, David Johnson


Place: The interior of a wood-chopper’s Hut on the edge

of the forest.

Time: Dusk of a day of long ago.


DIRECTOR----------------Mrs. Merwin Wood

Student Directors--------------Pat Johns

Margaret Schwab

Scenery---Richard Filler, Jackie Johnson

Rosella Kunselman, Anna Mae

Chesley, Judy Jackson

Costumes--—Linda Fox, Kay Newton, Martha


Props--------Terry Gumbert, Nancy Dunlap

Lighting--------Bill Smorey, Bob Walters

Make-Up-----------Pat Johns, Pat Swanson

Margaret Schwab

Publicity-----Margaret Schwab, Pat Johns

Program---------------Doris Heitzenrater


This timeless story was written in 1906, is long out of copyright, but still gives joy to young and old. You are free to read the original short story from which the play was taken, or read the script and stage directions for the play.

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