In 1924, Church Farm School founder and headmaster The Rev. Charles Wesley Shreiner adapted the popular play, “Why the Chimes Rang,” into a dramatic pantomime performed by CFS students in period costumes and accompanied by seasonal organ and choral music. A tradition—simply referred to as “Pageant” by the school community—was born.
“Why the Chimes Rang,” first published in 1909 by Raymond MacDonald Alden, tells of a grand old church (much like Church Farm School’s historic Chapel of the Atonement) with beautiful chimes which 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. The Pageant’s extensive cast of characters – among them a Moor, an artist, an author, a miser, a knight, a king and queen and their court – parade to the altar in succession to present their most lavish possessions to the Priest. An interactive performance, Pageant guests serve as the church congregation, and are encouraged to participate in the prayers and hymns.
“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 who believes in the importance of providing a financially accessible education to those who otherwise would not have one.
We hope you will join us for the 94th production of the Church Farm School Pageant, which is appropriate for and enjoyed by all ages.
Date: Friday, December 14 at 8:00 p.m. (limited seating)
Sunday, December 16 at 3:00 p.m.
Location: Church Farm School
Chapel of the Atonement
1001 E. Lincoln Highway, Exton, PA 19341