Published Friday, December 21, 2018

After Linus tells the story of the nativity and explains the true meaning of Christmas to Charlie Brown, the students sing “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and pay glory to the newborn King.  4th grade Charlie Brown Characters pictured (L-R): Lucy (Amelia McCarthy), Linus (Jack Hansen), Pig Pen (Brandon Rinker), Charlie Brown (Alejandro Herlong), and Snoopy (Chase Rehm); Kindergarten Nativity Characters—Shepherd (Guilherme Braga Felinto), Mary (Ellie Rapp), Joseph (Preston Curran), Twinkling Star of Bethlehem (Emma Wagner), Sheep (Frank Coniglio), Wise Men (Liam McCarroll, Emanuel Herlong). Baby Jesus is played by four-month-old Siena Finck (daughter of musical director Francesca Finck and granddaughter of Mayor Gail Coniglio). 

In celebration of the Christmas season, the Rosarian Academy Lower School performed Charlie Brown Christmas Musical Thursday, December 20 and Friday, December 21. 143  kindergarten-through-fourth-grade students celebrated the birth of Jesus, with the kindergartners dressed as the beautiful nativity characters and the fourth graders playing the Charlie Brown characters. The musical was a joyous and beautiful portrayal of the true reason for the Christmas season. 

Charlie Brown (4th grader Alejandro Herlong) confesses to his friend Linus (4th grader Jack Hansen) that he’s not feeling how he should during the Christmas season.

In the spirit of Christmas and spreading holiday cheer, Rosarian added the Thursday performance and invited local schools throughout Palm Beach County, along with Rosarian’s Middle School student body. The local preschools in attendance were Opportunity Inc., Faith Lutheran of North Palm Beach, and Hope Rural. The Friday performance was in front of a packed house of Rosarian families. 

Kindergarten angels (L-R): Caitlin McCarthy, Olivia Ivancevic, Ware Menges

The musical was directed and choreographed by Francesca Coniglio Finck with music by Gay Dedo.

Rosarian Academy, founded in 1925, educates students from early childhood through eighth grade and offers an exceptionally strong academic program enriched by athletics, visual and performing arts, and community service opportunities. STEM, coding, art, drama, music theory, and Spanish classes begin in kindergarten. The independent, Catholic school is located on Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach and is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Bus service is available throughout Palm Beach County. For more information, visit or call 561.345.3106.

Short compilation of songs and scenes from the Thursday performance:


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