The Bulletin

Waldorf Community Events in a Season of Light & Joy

Thursday, November 2012

In the month of December, we celebrate the light and joy of the holiday season. Our students experience the Winter Spiral and the Festival of Lights to celebrate the changing of the season, while the traditional Oberufer plays are shared with the school community by faculty and staff. Please join our community in celebrating this season in the spirit of joy and giving in these traditional Waldorf festivals:

The Winter Spiral
Tuesday, December 4, 2012

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the CWS Auditorium

The Winter Spiral is an open time for the community to experience a reverent moment in this holiday season.  We will begin as a group on stage, hearing a poem from the season and then take turns walking the spiral.

5th Grade Singing at the Christkidlmarket
Thursday, December 6, 2012

11:15 am – 2:45 pm / Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., Chicago IL 60602

From 12:20 to 12:50 pm, the fifth grade students will be singing an array of holiday German songs at the Christkindlemart in Daley Plaza.  The students sing on this day, the sixth of December, because it is the Festival of St. Nicholas, a holiday celebrated in Germany where children have dutifully cleaned their shoes and are awaiting St. Nicholas’ arrival and his gifts of encouragement and sweets.  The students are now at an age where conversing individually is appropriate and visiting an authentic German market is a great way to practice!

The Festival of Light
Monday, December 10th and 17th

8:05 am – 8:20 am in the CWS Auditorium

High School Students will explore the four kingdoms and their relationship to light during these winter months in a tranquil and contemplative morning festival.

Holiday Concert
Wednesday, December 12th

7:00 pm – 8:45 pm in the CWS Auditorium

The CWS community is warmly invited to an evening of sing-alongs and performances by the fifth through twelfth grades to celebrate the holiday season.  The following ensembles will perform: fifth/sixth and seventh/eighth grade choruses and concert bands; high school jazz band, chamber ensemble, vocal ensemble and chorus. Come one and all for lots of good cheer!

Paradise Play
Wednesday, December 19th

2:00pm / CWS Auditorium

For hundreds of years, ordinary people in the small Austrian village of Oberufer on the Danube gathered in the local tavern at Christmastime to perform these plays for their neighbors. With their roots lost in medieval times, the plays gradually evolved to incorporate a unique blend of folk humor in their celebration of bible ssories. The Paradise Play presents the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise as the preface to the Shepard's Play.

Shepherd’s Play
Thursday, December 20th

1:30pm / CWS Auditorium

Following on the story presented in the Paradise Play, this companion play continues the tradition of the Oberufer plays. The Shepherd’s Play focuses on the theme of hope. Characters dressed in folk garb play out  timeless issues of worry, fatigue, fear, selfishness, generosity, hope and love. It portrays with profound reverence a mother giving birth far from home and in a cold world where only the help of strangers provides her with rude shelter. There in a stable is born her hope for the future.

Both plays are presented for the students & parents by “guest actors” from the Waldorf faculty and community.