Volume XI Canton, South Dakota, December 18, 1959
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the dark over Bethlehem while•
the choir sang Phillips Brooks,
"0 Little Town of Bethlehem."
The Second annual Advent
Vespers were presented to a cap-acity
house at Augustana Acad-emy,
Canton, South Dakota on
Sunday evening, December 6.
The program was presented by
the theology, music, and speech
departments of the school.
The theme centered in Old
T es tame n t Messianic pro-phecies
whose fulfillment is ex-pressed
in familiar Christmas
The carols were sung by the
choir under the direction of Clif-ton
The prophets, were costumed
and spoke utterances typical of
the writer. They were directed by
Mrs. John Russeth, director of
Speech Arts. She was assisted
by Mrs. Kent Johnson and by
Marianne Mathre, daughter of
the Rev. and Mrs. Raymond
West Africa, and Barbara Mar-tin,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Maynard Martin, Earlville, Il-linois.
The prophet Isaiah was por-trayed
by Larry Kjeldseth, son
of Mrs. Wilma Stene, Volin,
South Dakota; Jeremiah by
Vernon Wilkening of Janesville,
Minnesota; King David by Lee
Kyle, son of Mrs. Nora Kyle,
International Falls, Minnesota;
Daniel by Joseph Johnson, son
of Mrs. Gladys Johnson, Can-ton,
South Dakota; Ezekiel by
Ronald Gin,ther, son of Mrs.
Pearl Ginther, Puyallup, Wash-ington;
and Micah by Michael
Pulscher, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Kenneth Pulcher, Bryant, South
Marian Heide, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Heide,
Canton, South Dakota, played
the part of the virgin in the
Song of Solomon.
Organ music was provided by
Robert Lee Benson, instructor
in organ and piano. Mr. Ben-son
also sang "Comfort Ye",
an aria from Handel's Messiah.
He was accompanied by Jo-anne
Hanson, dean of girls.
Paul Haanstad, trumpeter,
son of the Rev. and Mrs. E.
J, Haanstad of Hudson, South
Dakota, played the introductory
theme, "0 Come, 0 Come, Im-manuel".
The stage background was
ground row of silhouettes rep-resenting
the Judean hills with
a view of Bethlehem nestled in
the valleys. This was prepared
by David Hofstad, Canton, grad-uate
of the Academy and pre-sently
an art student at Augus-tana
College, Sioux Falls, South
Dakota. The climax was reach-ed
when the entire auditorium
was darkened and a large star,
representing a cross, glowed in
Effective lighting effects were
directed by David Erickson,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Erwin
Erickson, Burbank, South Da-kota.
Dennis Holien, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Arthur Holien, Canton,
South Dakota, lighted the first
two of the four traditional Ad-vent
candles, representing the
second Sunday in Advent.
The group presented t h e
program again at First Luther-an
Church, Sioux Falls, on De-cember
The editors wish to apologize
for neglecting to list the SAGA
editor in the listing of the an-nual's
staff in t h e article
"SAGA Staff Plans" in the pre-vious
Editor is Bob Watne, senior,
and Co-editor of last year's
Season's - ~ Greetings(