In 1924, Church Farm School founder and headmaster The Rev. Dr. Charles Wesley Shreiner adapted the popular play, Why the Chimes Rang, into a dramatic pantomime acted by students and accompanied by organ and choral music.
And a CFS tradition was born. Why the Chimes Rang has been performed every year since.
This timeless short story, first published in 1909 by Raymond MacDonald Alden, tells the story of a grand old church with beautiful chimes that ring out when someone places an especially pleasing gift for the Christ-child on the altar as an offering, and how a miracle occurs after the chimes have fallen silent for years.
Why the Chimes Rang is a deeply moving tale of humility and charity, and is a fitting annual tribute to the school’s own Christian teachings. It also serves as an appropriate reminder that the school’s mission is made possible thanks to the extreme generosity of a community that believes in the importance of providing a financially accessible education to those who otherwise would not have one.
The public is invited to the 93rd production of Why the Chimes Rang, which is appropriate for and enjoyed by all ages, and is always a wonderful start to the Christmas season. It will be held in the Chapel of the Atonement on Friday, Dec. 8 at 8 PM and Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3 PM.
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