Santa Clarita Christian School’s (SCCS) High School Choir was one of seven school choirs chosen to take part and sing in Disneyland’s annual Candlelight Ceremony and Processional Sunday night.
The theme park’s holiday tradition dates back to 1958 and consist of the retelling of the story of “The First Christmas” through 12 songs and scripture.
Approximately 550 choir members from high schools, colleges, churches, communities and Disney employee choral organizations throughout California participated in the four 45-minute performances Saturday and Sunday.
To join the “mass choir,” choral groups must submit applications and audition for the holiday tradition performed under the stars on Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland. This was the first year SCCS was accepted to join the performance.
A total of 41 students from SCCS’s choir, the largest choir in school history, participated in the Candlelight Ceremony as parents, friends, school administrators and Disneyland guests looked on.
“I am so proud of these kids and their work ethic and the joy they received from the fruits of their labor,” said Susi Johnson, SCCS choir director. “It was so much work, but the payoff was amazing.”
The choirs were accompanied by the Disneyland Symphony Orchestra, fanfare trumpets and hand bell ringers.
Guest narrator Ginnifer Goodwin, star of “Once Upon a Time,” narrated the event and read the Luke account of Christ’s birth.
The students received complimentary tickets to return to the park any day. Johnson said the students will use the tickets to participate in a festival at Disneyland in the spring.
“The program is really growing and it’s all due to our administration and board support,” Johnson said.
Students from the Saugus High School Concert Choir and the Valencia High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble also participated in the weekend event.
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