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Living Nativity tells Christmas story

By on November 27, 2018 in Events with 0 Comments

Little angels make an appearance at the birth of Jesus story.

Since its inception in 2002, Saddlerock Evangelical Presbyterian Church has invited the community to an outdoor presentation of the Christmas story.

The brainchild of Karen Hamilton and Pastor Emeritus Paul Pankey, the Living Nativity features goats, sheep, a herding dog and a pony.

A narrator reads from the Bible the story of Jesus’ birth accompanied by the singing of traditional carols as actors dramatize the events.

Director Susan Heminger said entire families participate, filling roles from baby Jesus to young shepherds and angels, to wise and graying magi.

Not everything goes off without a hitch. The most spontaneous moments occur when an animal goes off-script dragging a child behind, like the year Poncho the donkey made a dash for the parking lot. Sometimes baby “Jesus” spends the duration crying and the audience sympathizes with Mary who is trying to calm him.

Susan added what sets this play apart is the simplicity. The church choir sings from the side of the bleachers a series of carols. With snow on the ground, fire pits burning from behind the crowd and the lights of the Columbia valley sparkling as stars in the distance, candles are lit and Silent Night is sung: “All is calm, all is bright.”

Showings are 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Dec. 23 and 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 at 1400 S Miller St, Wenatchee. There is no cost.

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