Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


OLA Play Keeps Real Meaning Of Christmas Alive

Published January 18, 2007

A cast of 52 students played to a full house at Our Lady of the Assumption School’s Dec. 19 production of “Believe,” a Christmas play interspersed with Christmas carols.

Christopher Bowman, a fifth-grader, played Alex, the lead character, who is fed up with the commercial hype he sees surrounding the Christmas season.

Feeling that the true meaning of the birth of Christ has been lost, Alex announces he will not be celebrating Christmas this year. Through the efforts of his friends, the parish priest, and a “special angel,” he finally realizes that the real reason for the season is still very much alive.

David Coheley, music director at OLA School, directed and produced “Believe.” Assisting Coheley were OLA faculty members Teri Mayers, art teacher, who designed and painted the set, and Diane Hamilton and Summer Poppe, who were assistant stage managers.

“As with any school production, parents played a major role in the success of the production,” said Coheley. “Sharon Bowman was our parent coordinator and she had a wonderful support team of parent volunteers who worked on costumes, set construction, makeup, programs, publicity and the cast party. Tech Club sponsor Adrian Stephens worked with students on lights and sound, and Tim Johnson did the music orchestration.”

For further information, visit OLA’s Web site at The school is located at 1320 Hearst Drive, NE, Atlanta, near Oglethorpe University.