St. Clare of Assisi presents Christmas Pageant in Beaver Creek, Dec. 16 | VailDaily.com

St. Clare of Assisi presents Christmas Pageant in Beaver Creek, Dec. 16

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EDWARDS — The students of St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School are wishing the community a merry Christmas with an invitation to celebrate the season and hear the story of Jesus' birth at the school's annual Christmas Pageant tonight.

The pageant will be held at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek at 6:30 pm. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome.

"We are excited to share this endearing performance with our community. With help from the Vail Valley Foundation, VPAC and Mr. and Mrs. Steve and Janet Burmeister, we are able to have this world-renowned theater available for this year's Christmas Pageant," said Gina Demarest, director of development for St. Clare. "The performance is guaranteed to make you laugh, smile and feel the Christmas spirit."

This performance highlights St. Clare's music program, as well as the talents of the St. Clare students. The school will host a bake sale at the performance with fresh-baked goods to raise funds for the music program.

"Oftentimes our students are unable to afford to purchase or rent musical instruments," Demarest said. "St. Clare provides instruments and maintains these instruments for our students."

Three years ago, with the help of donors, St. Clare purchased an extensive music curriculum. Music is taught in all grades, kindergarten through eight. Students begin to learn the recorder in third-grade, and in fifth- through eighth-grades, students are required to participate in the school band.

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"We have an exceptional school with outstanding teachers and a positive, nurturing community," Demarest said. "We are excited to have the opportunity to let our students shine. Come celebrate the season with St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School."

If you go …

What: St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School Christmas Pageant.

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek.

Cost: Free.

More information: Call St. Clare at 970-926-8980.