For decades the performance of an annual Christmas pageant has been among the highlights of the season.
In 1914, John's oldest and only sister, Belle, who was attending St. Mary's Catholic Academy in Salt Lake City, participated in the school's annual pageant.
The clippings I have, are surrounded by calligraphy-esque notes in the margins. The top margin reads, "Church. The Salt Lake Tribune gave the following account:"
The bottom margin of the first page says, "On the 21st of December, the entire school took part in the Christmas Entertainment which..."
In tiny print, which I highlighted, Belle is mentioned. Throughout her life she would build a platform of recitations and orations moved listeners with depth and delight. In her time, she might rightly be the most famous Fitzgerald kid in the family.
A year later, the Intermountain Catholic highlighted St. Mary's Academy Christmas pageant. This time Belle's participation had increased.
The upper margin of 1915 reads, "A dramatic recital - an offering of special merit to Bishop Glass was in every way worthy of that high dignitary and proved the high standard of the school of expression, under the instru(sp) of Sister Superior Bettina. The following appreciation appeared in the Intermountain Catholic of Dec. 18; 1915."
There are clippings I would love to drop into time on and watch. These would be some of them. Were you ever in a Christmas pageant or play? Let me know in the comments.
In a couple of days, I will bring you another Fitzgerald Christmas Pageant. Until then, have a wonderful week.
Continuing on the top of the next page, "A dramatic recital-an offering of special merit to Bishop Glass was in every way worthy of that high dignitary and proved the high standard of the school of expression under the instruction of Sister Superior Bettina. The following appreciation appeared in the Intermountain Catholic of December 18, 1915