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Christmas Play 2013

On Sunday evening, December 15, 2013, our church presented a Christmas play called “A Christmas to Believe In.” Our family had some major roles in putting it together. It began a few months earlier when Elizabeth asked if we could do a play. Because Tim had directed a Christmas play at church a few years ago, he was reluctant to overcommit.

So Nicole and Joanna decided to give it a shot. They searched online and found a potential script. Pastor Steve reviewed it and had a few suggestions; his son, Justin Orman, revised it.

Next we needed the actors. Elizabeth easily recruited the her friends for the girl parts. When given a choice to playing in the Christmas recital or being in the play, Jeffrey decided to take a lead role in the play. Even though she wouldn’t have much time to rehearse until after her college classes finished, Joanna seemed to be a good fit for the other main role. Pastor Steve encouraged some of the buys and young men to help out. So our cast was set.

Rehearsals were Sunday afternoons. Because we didn’t start practicing until November and because this play involved younger children, it seemed like we might have started too late. Even one week before the performance, the play was far from being ready. However it started to come together during our final rehearsal (which was just hours before the performance).

Nicole was the director; Victoria was her assistant. Jeri helped coordinate miscellaneous details. Tim oversaw the production. Joanna, Jeffrey, Elizabeth, and Josiah all had parts. Josiah and another young boy were crowd favorites as they first played shepherds and sang “Away in a Manger.” Then later, they were wise men and sang “We Two Kings.”

We received a lot of favorable comments including one person who said, “That was the best play that the church has ever done.”

Here are some photos. Click on an image to see it full size.

Joanna and Jeffrey, the Narrators
Joanna and Jeffrey, the Narrators
Joanna, Jeffrey, and Elizabeth (far right)
Joanna, Jeffrey, and Elizabeth (far right)
Josiah (on the left) as a Shepherd
Josiah (on the left) as a Shepherd
Josiah (left) Being Filmed as a Shepherd
Shepherds Singing “Away in a Manger.” Josiah is on the left.
Shepherds and Angels - Josiah (far left) and Elizabeth (third from left)
Shepherds and Angels – Josiah (far left) and Elizabeth (third from left)
The Wisemen Before King Herod - Josiah is on the far right
The Wisemen Before King Herod – Josiah is on the far right
Elizabeth is in the center of the front row
Elizabeth is in the center of the front row