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Shine a Light for Peace
Shine a Light for Peace was written as a processional or a concert piece for a young choir. My 90 voice children’s choir (ages 9-11) performed this on risers. Each child brought a flashlight from home. Then they made construction paper cutouts to fit over the flashlight, to make the flashlight beam look like a candle flame. They taped it onto their flashlight. Every two beats in the song, one child turned on their light. In
a darkened gym, the effect was wonderful!
Our choir performed this in unison - the second part was added for choirs with more experience. A smaller choir could leave out a verse if their lights were all on at the end of verse two.
Shine a Light for Peace is appropriate for opening or closing your concert. One teacher in B.C. used this song as the Grand Finale for the school. The three verses gave her enough time to bring all 400 children in her school on stage in a procession with the “flashlight candles”. Another teacher in B.C. used this song for Remembrance Day, substituting the words “Sing for peace”, “Sing for hope” and “Sing for love” for the words “Christ is Born”. These secular words are given in the lyrics section.
The Single Song Kit includes:
a suggested script
audio and accompaniment tracks
audio and accompaniment movies
Shine a Light for Peace is part of The Christmas Concert Idea Book, which is a collection of mini-plays, skits and songs, each of which is suitable for a K-6 class (or choir) to perform at a Christmas concert. It also includes a school-wide production that incorporates each song from the collection and includes interactions with students from Kindergarten to Grade 6. The production is set up in such away that it helps the school to maintain a common theme throughout, while also allowing each class to practice and perform their selection on their own.
You can find the full book here: The Christmas Concert Idea Book.