Tabernash church’s Christmas drama takes audiences out for a spin
December 17, 2007
Whether you have traveling plans this holiday season or are sticking close to home, it is interesting to think about whether we are really going anywhere, and how we’re going to get there.
Not only that, but who’s the pilot or driver? Who is guiding us, and are we on the right track? These questions can have philosophical connotations and could apply to short-distance goals and physical destinations or that long, winding road to a better place ” places a GPS system might have trouble locating.
Wherever audience members are headed this holiday season, they can take a journey as the Winter Park Christian Church puts on the 4th Annual Christmas drama, this year entitled “The Last Stop Before Christmas.”
Both shows begin at 7 p.m. at the church, in Tabernash.
Congregation member Ken Anderson, who owns the Rocky Mountain General Store, is not only the director but wrote the play as well. He’s been writing plays for about 15 years, and this is his fourth year helping the church drama team produce the annual Easter and Christmas plays he has penned.
“It’s just a gift that God gave me, and I use it so he doesn’t get mad at me,” the modest Anderson joked.
He wrote most of the play in October after the idea for the plot came to him ” through a lot of prayer, he said. It is a “light-hearted, amusing melodrama” Anderson said, loosely based in a Neil Simon style.
Anderson’s story takes place in a city about to celebrate the holidays, as some of its residents and guests patiently wait for a bus that ends up never coming. The play moves along, allowing audiences to get to know these travelers who have converged at the city bus stop and learn that they are really going nowhere.
After the city puts up a Christmas tree at the bus stop, the confused fellow travelers begin to share their feelings about Christmas and their various traditions. The stories enthrall everyone and in the end, Anderson says, the true meaning of Christmas is discovered.
Not wanting to give too much away, this is all Anderson is willing to share, along with the promise of a few surprises. “You’ll just have to come watch it,” he said.
The program, which features about a dozen youths and adults, also features music from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Actors lending their talents to deliver this holiday story are Jacob Magee, Steve McKenzie, Danielle Palmer, Ed Jackson, Jill Clemons, Amie Kerber, Laura Magee, Vince Bonell, Todd Palmer, Kirsten Palmer, Micah Palmer and Michelle Palmer. These will be debut performances for Kerber, Bonell and Laura Magee.
In the last three years the plays at the church have grown in popularity, with about 300 people attending the two Easter performances this past spring. These Christmas shows are expected to draw crowds as well.
Whether you are seeking spiritual insight or just want to support the local talents, the church welcomes anyone.