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San Domenico School News & Events

Tableaux 2017: Pictures and Video

Every December, San Domenico School's cherished holiday tradition, Christmas Tableaux, returns to the stage for one night only. This live interpretation of the story of Christ, as depicted in the frescos of 15th century Dominican Master and artist Fra Angelico, is told through mimes, chants and carols.

More than one hundred years ago, Dominican Convent High School introduced a tradition known as Christmas Tableaux. The earliest productions were held in Forest Meadows, later moving to a stage setting in Angelico Hall on the San Rafael campus where it remained until 1965 when the San Domenico campus opened.

A highlight of the preparations for Tableaux each year is the selection of students to portray the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph. While others in the cast are selected on a try-out basis, the roles of Mary and Joseph are chosen by members of the senior class. These two young women are selected by their classmates because they most embody the spirit of the characters they play.


Thank you to the San Domenico Singers and Upper School teacher Michael Mello for the beautiful Christmas carols that greeted guests as they arrived for the event.

Thank you also to the many alumni who attended once again this year, some of them joining in with the other vocalists! We loved seeing so many children and grandchildren of our former students at this year's Tableaux too. This truly is a beloved gathering we look forward to each holiday season.

Click here to see photos of the evening.

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