ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
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The separation of church and state is examined when a Christmas Nativity scene, being displayed at a high school, sparks debate and protest from the student body.

Director:

Tom G. Robertson

Writers:

D.J. MacHale, Linda Movish (story)
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Episode credited cast:
Megan Follows ... Dana Sherman
Timothy Owen Waldrip Timothy Owen Waldrip ... Mark Davis (as Timothy Owen)
Melba Moore ... Ms. Varady
Uta Hagen ... Omi
Frank Whaley ... Jeff Dillon
Jonathan Tiersten ... Jason
Meg Myles ... Mrs. Davis
P.J. Ochlan ... Andy
Joan Kaye Joan Kaye ... Mrs. Sherman
Pierre Epstein Pierre Epstein ... Mr. Sherman
Joe Hamer Joe Hamer ... Mr. Sennett
Tom Kubasik Tom Kubasik ... Steven 'Steve' Sennett
Mara Hobel Mara Hobel ... Vanessa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sky Berdahl Sky Berdahl ... Bruce Sherman (as Skye Ashley Berdahl)
Gabrielle Carteris ... Leslie
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The separation of church and state is examined when a Christmas Nativity scene, being displayed at a high school, sparks debate and protest from the student body.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1987 (USA) See more »

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Bring back the after school specials! We Need Them!
9 June 2007 | by SylSee all my reviews

Seasonal Differences had a great cast including the wonderful, incomparable Uta Hagen as a Holocaust survivor Omi and family matriarch. Her Jewish American granddaughter played by Canadian actress Megan Follows who is under-rated, is dating a non-Jewish boy. Friction occurs at school when the nativity scene raises highbrows and causes problems among religions. What I remember most about this after-school special was the seriousness and delicate approach that was made to understanding two people from different religions, Judaism and Christianity. The special was special because it taught and displayed religion as a positive rather than negative around the holiday time. When her boyfriend and Omi talk about Christmas presents, he makes a negative remark but Christmas is about miracles in general. We need miracles no matter what faith you are in this day. Seasonal Differences was a great example of teaching students and teens like I was about respecting and tolerating differences and sharing them and celebrating them too.


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