As y'all know by now if you've been following our blog for very long at all...our church likes to do events + outreaches in a big way. We love being a part of such a big "family" that works hard, laughs hard, and glorifies Jesus together. The Live Animal Christmas Play is an annual show that our church puts on every December. Two hundred plus members come together to sew, design, build, act, and sing for one reason alone---lifting up the name of Jesus.
Pre-curtain opening...our pastor welcoming everyone to the show!
Mr. Christmas, also giving words of welcome + good tidings, and preparing everyone for the story to come!
...wait! There was one still left!
This one, however, had a kind heart, and gave the Jewish family directions to a safe house, "just beyond the border, into Switzerland".
Meanwhile, Mr. + Mrs. Detweiler and their sweet family were preparing to celebrate Christmas on their lovely Switzerland farm!
I (Chelsy) was privileged to again have the opportunity to coordinate the outfits for these first scene actors. The time period was little more difficult to authentically put everything together, but the finished product was very worth the extra time! Special thanks goes to the gentlemen who were gracious enough to appear in lederhosen despite their personal preferences. =)
The Jewish family, weary from hardship + travel, arrives at the Detweilers farm.
The Detweilers welcome them with love + holiday cheer!
"Freeze scene", with a little narration, pulling stories together, by Mr. Christmas.
The little Jewish girl (Rebecca) sang "Somewhere in My Memory".
Denver, as one of the angels.
Allison once again played the role of a "flying + fiddling" angel.
This feature was a new addition to the play and added a really neat element.
Mary, getting a little good-natured teasing from her friends, about a certain young carpenter named Joseph...
The market scene was better than ever this year. It opened up with Joseph, rejoicing in God's goodness in bringing him and Mary together.
Trouble arrives with the Roman centurion and his soldiers.
A powerful performance of "Deliver Us", in which God's people question why God has forsaken them?
(Josh acted in this scene)
Hope is revived! God has not forsaken them; He is still on the throne and He hears their prayers!
Mary telling Joseph of what the angel Gabriel said to her.
Comic relief, provided via the excellent and somewhat half-witted tax collector crew. =)
A squealing pig, laughing women, and two highly offended + indignant gentlemen...
Joseph + Mary, trying to find a place for the Son of God to be born.
"All hope is in the Son you'll bear, you're almost there."
(Allison played the innkeeper in this scene. Above picture is her with Mary and Joseph in her stable)
The shepherds, watching their flocks by night...
...when the angel appears, bringing "good tidings of great joy which shall be to ALL PEOPLE!"
A secret meeting by night with those of influence...plotting how to gain more power.
And on to Herod's throne room, where trouble awaited...
The innkeeper (Allison) was beaten and tortured for information about the baby who had been born in her stable.
.....sent to find and kill all the baby boys in the land.
(precious expression of this sweet little girl who played baby Jesus in this scene)
Pilate, trying to silence the angry mob.
(Denver on the left, the servant who pours the water with which Pilate washes his hands)
(Dad is the pharisee on the middle right)
Joseph of Arimathea, coming to bury the body of Jesus in the tomb.
(Denver was in this choir but isn't pictured)
He is risen!
Mr. Detweiler at the end, completing the narration as he tells the Jewish father of this ultimate sacrifice and gift of salvation.
The Jewish father comes to see his need for Christ and accept Him as Savior.
*We are so thankful for this opportunity to proclaim the goodness of Jesus Christ and the greatest story in all the world! Once again, being involved in this production was such a blessing to our family, and we were greatly encouraged by the opportunity to share HIS LOVE with our community and surrounding towns/states!
Stay tuned for the next post, a "behind-the-scenes" view of our family during the LACP!
"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace, goodwill toward men."