Fraser/Christmas play: Small miracles around every corner
December 12, 2008
Can God use the disaster of one family to bring about a beautiful twist of fate?
Thespians from the Fraser Valley Baptist Church will answer the question with their winter production of “Christmas Tapestry.” The story begins after a leak ruins the wall in the church of Jonathan Weeks’ father. His family’s first Christmas Eve service in Colorado could be ruined.
To cover up the damaged wall, Jonathan and his father buy a festive tapestry from an antique store. But it turns out to be much more than a beautiful wall hanging. An elderly Jewish woman recognizes the tapestry and it is her discovery that leads to a miracle just in time for Christmas.
“The drama is a helpful reminder that even when the circumstances of life seem to be going badly, God is behind the scenes weaving a beautiful tapestry,” said Lowry Foster, writer and director of the play.
He adapted the story for stage from an illustrated children’s book by Patricia Polacco, a story that has been in his heart and mind since he first read it. He received a copy of Polacco’s book about five years ago and found it to be a “simple, sweet story but powerful and touching emotionally.”
It is satisfying, he said, to be reminded that “it isn’t all about me or my church,” and although he misses it, “Jesus Christ is weaving a beautiful tapestry out of my life’s seemingly most discouraging situations.”
Residents are encouraged to come out to support many of their friends and neighbors who will be in the show. Noah, Alyssa and Sierra Dodds play Jonathan, Elizabeth and Grace Weeks; Elisa Jenkins plays Eleanor Weeks, Foster plays Trevor Weeks, Gary Born plays custodian Mr. Brown, Tim Jenkins is the shopkeeper, Joyce Dillon and Ken Anderson portray Rachel and Joachim Zukor, helpers are Vickie Born and Michael Dodds, and Anderson, a veteran actor for the church, also lends his voice as the story’s narrator. It will be Dillon, and Alyssa and Sierra Dodds’ first time in the spotlight.
Crew members who have put things together behind the scenes for the production include Michael Dodds (sets), Steve Pisano (poster, program and sound), Michael and Twila Dodds (stage crew), Ken and Sharon Anderson (lights), and Heidi Gunther (video).
“The cast and crew have totally bought into this drama and it shows,” Foster said. The performance is his fourth for the church. It will run for about one hour and includes five scenes and alternative, non-Christmas Christian music fitting the theme.
Previous plays include the Christmas production “The Dream is Still Alive” and last year’s Easter play “The Mourning After.” Each one, Foster said, has been unique and rewarding.
He sees a great deal of people who are hurting and feels there is a lack of emotional encouragement and support in the world. Most of us have been there, he notes, and through the church Foster offers plays which are “sensitive to and speaks to those needs,” he said. “Messages with hope are big with me. I know I certainly couldn’t have made it in this tough world without it.”
People are invited to join Foster to see that around every corner there are small miracles to be discovered, “if we are just aware enough to notice.”