Christmas music spilled into the main hallway as students lined up with anticipation for the show. On 23 December 2016, Marc Garneau’s Student Activity Council held their annual Christmas Show from roughly 11:45 am to 2:45 pm.
Performances included renditions of songs such as “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen and “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Meghan Trainor, and several dances to remixed popular songs. There were also performances by school clubs, such as MGCI Drama Club, MGCI Choir, and the Diverse Dance Crew.
This year, SAC added games in between every three or four acts. The first game was musical chairs and audience members with a sticky note under their seat were chosen to participate. The second game was a reindeer drawing contest, followed by an eggnog challenge, and finally a contest to determine who could fit the most marshmallows in their mouth.
The Spirit Committee also provided snacks for audience members such as samosas, chips, cookies, and hot chocolate. Grade reps and SAC ambassadors set up the decorations, including a “Christmas Show” banner, Christmas lights, and red bows on the pillars in the cafeteria.
Tickets for the show were originally sold at $6 each, but later were changed to $3.50 each, or $6 for two. Czarina Facun, SAC Spirit Coordinator, said, “We initially made it $6 to have a lot of things at the show, but Officer Yung was kind enough to give us some money to help out and we wanted to increase the ticket sales so we lowered the price.” In total, over 150 tickets were sold.
Throughout the month of December, SAC held four rehearsals. However, not all of the performers could make it on the same days due to extra-curricular activities. This caused several difficulties in organizing the show but overall, didn’t affect it greatly.
All in all, the show was a success, and the audience had a great time. Despite the fact that the show was unsuccessful last year, SAC President Zaid Baig said that he’s “very proud of SAC” for pulling off the show and also credited the smoothness of the show to Stage Crew.
Jenny Bai, a member of the MGCI Drama club, said that she “really liked the variety in acts this year” and that they “kept the show interesting.” Vinu Raj, an audience member, said she “enjoyed the hype the audience had, and will definitely attend next year’s show.”